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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?

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

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


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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

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Help please? How is life after SVT abalation?

Help please? How is life after SVT abalation?

Svt: Most patients feel great after ablation since they can stop their meds, and restrictions are listed unless there is another health problem. ...Read more

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Short svt episodes once a month. Don't affect my life in anyway. Normal ecg and echo. Cardiologist said no treatment if I don't want. So can I go no med?

SVT: You report having seen a cardiologist with the opportunity to have a history, physical and lab evaluations and were told you don't have to have treatment. Why do you think folks out in the zephyr world who haven't seen you and your data could give a better opinion? Given what you presented, sounds like you can do fine with no meds. ...Read more

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Event monitor showed possible SVT causing burst of rapid hr that wake me then disappear. Dr.Says just nuissance not life threat. Other tests with normal results: echo, 24hr holter, stress test, sleep study. Could they be missing something serious? Feels

Event monitor showed possible SVT causing burst of rapid hr that wake me then disappear. Dr.Says just nuissance not life threat. Other tests with normal results: echo, 24hr holter, stress test, sleep study. Could they be missing something serious? Feels

Not missing anything: Svt is not a disease and occurs in normal hearts. As your doctor said, it's an annoyance but not dangerous. It's very common in young women. You should avoid stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, xs alcohol, sleep deprivation, and stress if possible. Low potassium can contribute. Symptoms can be improved with medication but meds are only used for symptom control because the rhythm is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Had clear ecgs around 40 in life time last one today 25 f no family history except svt risk for sudden cardiac arrest? Suffer aniexty which im under treatment for kp worrying about sca

Had clear ecgs around 40 in life time last one today 25 f no family history except svt risk for sudden cardiac arrest? Suffer aniexty which im under treatment for kp worrying about sca

Anxiety: I understand your distress.
Feel good about functioning of your heart as your ECG is normal.
Believe in Healing Powers of your body.
Treatment of Anxiety will be beneficial with:
Seeing a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress in your life, resolving emotional turmoil, learning coping skills and Medication
Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, and Meditation.
Cardiologist for follow up. ...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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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 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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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

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Can pleurisy cause an svt?

Can pleurisy cause an svt?

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

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Can alcohol bring on an episode of svt?

Can alcohol bring on an episode of svt?

ABSOLUTELY!: 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

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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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Do household cleaning products trigger svt?

Inhalation or: Occupational exposure to noxious fumes may trigger svt. Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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How does shortened pr interval lead to svt?

How does shortened pr interval lead to svt?

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

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Would hydroxycut affect someone who had svt?

Would hydroxycut affect someone who had svt?

Yes: Hydroxycut has green tea, oolong tea, and caffeine as the main ingredients. As stimulants, these would all increase heart rate. Not really recommended if you have svt. ...Read more

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Does being overtired and or stress cause SVT?

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

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Is my sons untreated reflux triggering SVT episodes?

Is my sons untreated reflux triggering SVT episodes?

Possible: 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

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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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Are there any herbs I should avoid to prevent worsening my svt?

Not aware of any: As far as herbs, I am not aware of any that could worsen your svt. Definitely stay away from stimulants such as caffeine, pseudoefedrine (sudafed) and phenylephrine (pe) as they could trigger an episode of svt ...Read more

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When I lay on my right side, get three beat runs of SVT/pauses? Why?

When I lay on my right side, get three beat runs of SVT/pauses? Why?

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

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PSVT vs SVT vs VT what is the differences among them and which one is Bad?

VT is very bad: Hi!
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

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Hi I have SVT im been getting sharp pains on my chest in last 30min what do I do?

Hi I have SVT im been getting sharp pains on my chest in last 30min what do I do?

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

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Is it safe to use tens if I have had SVT in the past and right branch bundle block? Thanks :)

Is it safe to use tens if I have had SVT in the past and right branch bundle block? Thanks :)

Should be safe: The electrical stimulation from a TENS unit should not affect the heart rhythm, if TENS unit is used on the lower back, or further from the heart. ...Read more

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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