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How does your diet affect svt?

How does your diet affect svt?

A few possibilities: Most SVT ("supraventricular tachycardia") episodes are unrelated to diet. There's an inherent abnormality in the way electricity is initiated or conducted in the heart. Occasionally, it can be set off by caffeine or alcohol, though this is much less common than you might think. Rarely, acid reflux can be a trigger for svt; in these patients, any food causing heartburn may be a culprit. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I'm rx'd a calcium channel blocker for SVT. How (or) Is the calcium part related to diet?

I'm rx'd a calcium channel blocker for SVT. How (or) Is the calcium part related to diet?

Nothing: Calcium channel blockers are drugs that block entry of calcium ions into the cell which prevent generation of specific electrical current responsible for the arrhythmia. The calcium involve is an ion that naturally exist cellularly and has nothing to do with dietary calcium which circulates in the body bound to albumin ...Read more

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They want to put a lup recorder in my chest only has three SVT episodes in a year. Isn't this extreme? What will it tell us? Wore holster and nothing.

They want to put a lup recorder in my chest only has three SVT episodes in a year. Isn't this extreme? What will it tell us? Wore holster and nothing.

More information: Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a holter to not show anything in the time frame it looks at. Likewise, the longer recorder might not either, but longer times of observation are more likely to capture an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What is svt?

What is svt?

A rapid heartrate: Svt stands for supravntricular tachycardia which is a disturbance of the heart rhythm usually between 180-220 beats per minute which may cause lightheadedness, shortness of breath or chest pain. ...Read more

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Is SVT inherited?

Is SVT inherited?

Possibly: This is a large, diverse topic. There is a familial basis for some patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is typically a genetic disease and some cohorts have increased prevalence of svt and wpw. There are mitochondrial mutations that appear to have increased prevalence of svt. ...Read more

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Can you die from svt?

Uncommon but yes: Yes if the heart rate is too fast & not treated for some time associated with drop in blood pressure. This can happen in a condition called wolf parkinson white syndrome. ...Read more

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What to do about svt?

What to do about svt?

SVT: You need to have a physician diagnose and treat svt. We have a variety of treatment options. The patient can help prevent svt by not smoking and moderating or minimizing the intake of caffeine or other stimulants and alcohol. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of svt?

Can vary: People with SVT usually feel a sensation of a racing heartbeat, or palpitations. Other symptoms can include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea. Rarely patients experience passing out, also called syncope. Generally these symptoms are sudden in their onset and termination. Interestingly, patients often complain of a fullness in the neck or an urge to urinate. ...Read more

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Can a person die from svt?

Very rare: This rhythm disturbance can be treated emergently by electrical cardioversion or drug therapy. It can be associated with WPW syndrome which can result in extremely fast heart rate and vascular collapse. Fortunately this condition can be cured by ablation therapy. In the majority of patients it doesn't cause severe symptoms and can be managed with medical therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of svt?

Supravent tachy: Pounding heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, increased respirations, light-headedness, loss of consciousness may all occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from SVT?

SVT: If untreated people could die from prolonged or persistent svt. Because it causes hypotension, loss of consciousness, heart attack/stroke and death. ...Read more

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Do I need to restrict my workouts with svt?

Depends: Patients who are asymptomatic and who have brief episodes of tachycardia can participate in all sports. No restriction is recommended for those who have more prolonged episodes yet well controlled with medication. Athletes who experience syncope have to be resticted from activities completely until adequate therapy. Ask your doctor what kind of exercise is appropriate for your condition. ...Read more

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What herb or pill can you take to stop svt?

What herb or pill can you take to stop svt?

Not herbs: Supraventricular tachycardia and other cardiac arrhythmias need to be evaluated and followed by a physician -- ultimately, probably a cardiologist. Certain medications and/or substances you're taking can cause or exacerbate this too. Though magnesium has helped some people with svt, I wouldn't rely solely on this or any herb. Your primary care doctor is a place to begin, and go from there. ...Read more

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What can I do to tell if my baby boy has svt?

What can I do to tell if my baby boy has svt?

Check the heart rate: The heart rate of a baby with SVT is much faster than a normal heart rate, often as high as 300 beats per minute. This rate is faster than you can count. Rather than trying to count the heart rate, I recommend feeling your baby's heart a few times a day to know what is typical. During SVT it is so much faster that most parents can easily tell the difference. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take if you have svt?

SVT: If you have svt it can be converted by an IV injection. If its recurrent there are various choices for preventive meds available to your doctor. If the medications aren't adequate there is an ablation procedure that may be successful. There are several good medicines but the choice is by your doc with the knowledge of your individual factors. ...Read more

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Could my sons untreated reflux be triggering svts?

Could my sons untreated reflux be triggering svts?

Svt trigger: Unlikely but if it is leading to stress it might be contributing, I don't think we can say for sure no... ...Read more

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Been having SVT episodes on and off for 3 days now, what should I do?

Need evaluation: You should see a cardiologist or an electrophysiologist to have this evaluated further. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take if I have SVT do I have to take anything?

SVT: Paroxysmal svt which occurs rarely probably doesn't need drug to try to prevent. Svt that occurs more than once a month is worth treating and for some folks even if monthly or less. Treating infrequent arrhythmias takes a long time to know if the treatment is actually working, statistically if month svt can take 6 months to be sure meds working. ...Read more

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Is it possible for SVT episode to last for a few seconds and then subside?

Yes: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) can be prolonged and require medical or electrical cardioversion back to regular rhythm and subsequent ablation by an electrophysiologist. It can also just occur for several beats at a time and be self-limited. Please discuss your particular symptoms and sutuation with your doctor to determine your best treatment plan. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Been healthy, but started having svt's. How do you suddenly start having svt's?

Been healthy, but started having svt's.  How do you suddenly start having svt's?

Any age: A subtle shift, like slightly higher blood pressure, less potassium in your diet, or moving to altitude can precipitate svt attacks. You should get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have SVT or a similar condition even if EPS Study is negative/normal?

Is it possible to still have SVT or a similar condition even if EPS Study is negative/normal?

Absolutely, SVT: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is very common, abnormalities on electrophysiology study (EPS) are not common. Normal results on EPS are very reassuring. You should discuss your condition, and concerns with the physician who ordered the test, who should be familiar with you and your condition. ...Read more

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How can I tell of my taccycardia is svt?

Svt: Best to ask your doc. An ECG obtained during your tachycardia will be necessary. Thus, might be done with an ECG, Holter or event recorder, rarely an ILR. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for repeated spells of svt?

Svt : For most yes, it is catheter ablation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me dying in surgery for svt?

What are the chances of me dying in surgery for svt?

SVT: A procedure for svt is usually done in the cardiac catheterization lab where a cardiologist attempts to ablate the abnormal electrical conduction pathway causing the svt. The risk of death is low, but it is not zero. Surgery may be done for svt but this is often in the context of other heart surgery. Risk of surgery depends upon the procedure involved, which be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do sinus tach respond to vagal manoeuvres, or only SVTs?

Do sinus tach respond to vagal manoeuvres, or only SVTs?

See below.: With sinus tachy, a vagal maneuver will cause the HR to slow gradually. With release, the HR will gradually return to its original rate. With SVT, vagal stimulation will not slow the HR unless is suddenly breaks to normal rhythm. The rate then suddenly drops from, say 170, to ...Read more

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Are P waves present in SVT AND is SVT and ST distinguishable on a EKG?

Are P waves present in SVT AND is SVT and ST distinguishable on a EKG?

P wave are not pres: P waves are not present in SVT and SVT and ST are distinguishable on EKG. P waves are due to depolarization of the atria from natural pacemaker cells in the right Atria. SVT are from pacemaker cells in the AV node (between atrium and ventricles). SVT are by nature EKG rhythms without p waves. ST is a time period between the QRS complex and the T wave. In SVT the ST period is still present. ...Read more

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If you have SVT while pregnant do you have to have a csection?

No : It can be dealt with using medications before or during delivery as needed. Btw, the act of childbirth with "pushing" is very effective therapy for terminating a svt spell. ...Read more

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Is SVT deadly?

SVT: Most svt is an annoyance rather than a great hemodynamic stress. Should svt happen in a patient in brittle cardiac status however it could conceivably cause serious problems. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Supraventricular Tachycardia (Definition)

A condition in which the electric impulses that control the pace of the heart are not ...Read more