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Does WPW syndrome affect life expectancy?

Does WPW syndrome affect life expectancy?

Depends: If diagnosed and properly treated (usually with a procedure called an ablation) one can have a normal life expectancy. However, prior to treatment a patient may have a fast heart rhythm that can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome (Definition)

Wolff Parkinson White syndrome is a condition where there is an extra electrical path in the heart. It can lead to periods of a fast ...Read more


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I am diagnosed having WPW syndrome during my pre employment medical. I am tense whether employer will accept me with it. I want to get treated it.How?

Typically the : Electrical activity in the heart will be studied and a "fast pathway" will be found. The cardiologist can usually ablate that pathway once found. ...Read more

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Is WPW syndrome a genetic disease?

Is WPW syndrome a genetic disease?

Yes: While WPW syndrome is genetic, not every patient behaves or is treated the same way. A good percentage of the WPW population will not need any treatment as they do not have fast heart rates (arrhythmias). At the other end of the spectrum however, live patients with WPW who may need ablation or possibly an icd. The proper course of action is determined by an electrophysiologist usually. ...Read more

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I'm on propranolol for WPW syndrome. I usually have a coffee that contains 150 mg of caffeine every morning. Is this safe? I haven't had a problem yet

I'm on propranolol for WPW syndrome. I usually have a coffee that contains 150 mg of caffeine every morning. Is this safe? I haven't had a problem yet

Maybe, maybe not: Caffeine is a mild cardiac stimulant. Heart rate may increase. Ectopic beats may increase. Cardiac conduction time may shorten. But not all WPW is the same - there are electrophysiologic differences between individuals. Bottom line: can't say if caffeine is safe for you. If you have tachycardia on propranolol (caffeine or not), discuss ablation with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of WPW syndrome?

Wpw: Congenital defect of the electrical system with an extrinsic pathway which can cause arrhythmias. It can be associated with Svt and a fib and if the a fib conducts rapidly can lead to sudden death ...Read more

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I have covert WPW syndrome, i have it from 16 years, can i fly?

Wpw svt: Most of the time you can fly, however there are some patients with WPW, who have frequent episodes of SVT or long attacks of SVT, these patients might potentially have issues during flight. If one with WPW has SVT, that person needs catheter ablation anyways. ...Read more

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Hello, i want to fly in france i have WPW syndrome can i fly? is it necessary to drink some drugs before fly?

Your WPW: Should be under good control with medications or ablation prior to traveling when you are far from a doctor's care. Check in with your cardiologist for guidance. ...Read more

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Have Wpw syndrome (not currently being treated for) and detoxing from heavy methadone additiction (3+ years) Should i be concerned?

Certain medications: ...do increase the chance of heart rhythm problems in people with WPW but we're not certain about methadone. As to methadone withdrawal, it's MANDATORY that you detox under close supervision of an experienced addiction specialist and a cardiologist. You may need an anti-arhythmic drug and a very slow methadone taper. Suboxone can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and detox stress. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Does WPW syndrome need to be concerned during pregnancy and labor?

No more: than usual....Make sure your OB-GYN knows about your Cardiac History and any Medications you may be on. Get checked by your Internist/Cardiologist during your pregnancy (I suggest each Trimester! Good Luck Healthy Baby!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is WPW syndrome heart disease?

Is WPW syndrome  heart disease?

Yes: Wolff parkinson white syndrome involves abnormal electrical behavior of the heart producing spasms of palpitations and rapid heart rhythms. The cause is an abnormal electrical structure of the heart which is present at birth. ...Read more

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