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Is Svt Deadly
It depends: Whether supraventricular tachycardia (svt) causes problems in a fetus depends on how often and for how long the fetus remains in svt, and on the rate of the svt (how fast). Typically, if a fetus is having problems with svt, a fetal cardiac ultrasound will detect that the heart function is declining and there may be evidence for abnormal fluid collections (so called non-immune hydrops). ...Read more
Svt, when not undergoing ablation, would it be life-threatening in the future? Is it possible to use medicine/ beta bloc, even if it means a lifetime?
Not life threatening: But, depends on type of svt. Generally svt always occurs the same way - same symptoms every episode- since the short circuit is a fixed path, but this is not always true. ...Read more
Good question: On average, heart rates over 180 are potentially fatal. Heart rates under 160 are usually not fatal, but they can be serious. The faster the heart rate in svt, the less blood fills the heart and the less blood is pumped to the rest of the body. ...Read more
How to choose the best hospital and the best cardiac electrophysiologist in nyc for cardiac ablation is the procedure ever life threatening? I do get SVT 4-5 times a year and have to go to the hospital for an adenosine shot. Is this procedure life threat
Hard. And no.: Svt is never fatal (with ultra-rare exceptions you almost certainly don't have) and is treated for symptoms. You're wise to look for someone good, but it isn't always easy to find the top folks. I can give you some names, but I won't do it in broad forum; to do so would be an insult to the many other excellent eps also in the area. Nyc is awash in excellent ep and you have several options. ...Read more
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
Indirectly: Inflammation on some parts of the lung that would cause pleurisy could irritate the heart and trigger an SVT. Usually, someone would be predisposed to the SVT for this to happen, and even in this case the connection between the two would be weak. Sometimes the chest pain can come from the SVT and be attributed to pleurisy instead. Sometimes the same underlying cause leads to both. See doc. ...Read more
Alcohol can be directly toxic to the heart in sufficient quantities. Excessive drinking can cause any number of cardiac problems including svt.
*i agree. In addition alcohol can lead to dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities - both of which can also contribute to arrhythmias.*. ...Read more
Short pr: The PR interval represents the time it takes for electricity to pass from the top to the bottom heart chambers. Normally, there's a delay in this passage, of up to 1/5th of a second; however, if the passage is too fast, or less than ~1/8th of a second, a short circuiting "bypass" tract may be present, which can lead to a SVT. Catheter ablation can cure these, so speak with a heart rhythm doctor. ...Read more
SVT: Being overtired or overstressed does not cause svt. But if one is susceptible to svt, being overtired or overstressed can exacerbate the svt. Stress causes release of adrenaline into the blood stream which in turn can stimulate the hearts electricity and lead to svt. Same thing with being overtired, which may mean dehydrated and electrolyte imbalance, and lead to svt. ...Read more
Although there is not a direct correlation to date between svt episodes and GI reflux there are cases of arrhythmias being triggered by swallowing. The esophagus lies just behind the left atrial and if there is some difficulty for food passing to the stomach afib and other arrhythmias might be triggered.
Empiric trial to treat the GI reflux would be reasonable. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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
It's unlikely that: That lying on your side is CAUSING these short runs of SVT. It's more likely that you're more AWARE of them when you're lying quietly on your side. However, caffeine, oral decongestants and untreated anxiety CAN trigger SVT. If they interfere with sleep, distractions such as white noise or a fan may help. Keep any scheduled follow up visits with your doctor. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more
VT is very bad:
SVT can be dangerous, but usually not as dangerous as VT. PSVT just means that the patient has bouts ("paroxysms") of SVT.
Hope this helps! ...Read more
Go to an ER now: Call 911 go to an er now. Hope it is not due to your heart problem! Good luck! ...Read more
What to do if I have SVT and take verapamill 180mg daily is it ok to smoke a little pot ever now and then?
Does pot bring on: The SVT? If so, don't smoke it. Marijuana routinely increases heart rate in anybody who smokes it. This is pretty benign when people are younger and have no health problems, but as we age, we tolerate this tachycardia less and less well. Those with a history of SVT or other arrhythmias would be at greater risk. ...Read more
Is SVT ever treated by taking medicines daily AND by having the "pill in the pocket" for when an episode occurs?
There are medicines taken daily as well as some take when the episodes starts.
There are definitive treatments by electro physiologists like ablations
This will need a full evaluation ...Read more