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What is supraventricular tachycardia?

What is supraventricular tachycardia?

Upper heart chambers: Fast heart beat due to mechanism arising from the upper chamber of the heart is known as supraventricular tachycardia. It could be due to electrical reentry (think of it as a short circuit) or increased automaticity (electrically hyperactive cells). It is amenable to treatment in most cases. Read more

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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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What causes supraventricular tachycardia?

What causes supraventricular tachycardia?

Multipe reasons: Usually one is born with an extra 'circuit' or a propensity to have rapid firing in the upper chambers of the heart. Svt can in some cases be exacerbated by activity, stress, stimulants etc. Read more

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How is supraventricular tachycardia treated?

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How is supraventricular tachycardia treated?

SVT: Depending on the origin of the svt, usually av nodal block is done, through one of following;
1. Physical maneuvers, such as valsalva maneuver.
2. Medications, such as adenosine.
3. Cardioversion.
Consult a cardiologist for details. Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia an emergency?

Is supraventricular tachycardia an emergency?

Can be: Depends on how long it is since the event started and is it paroxysmal or persistant, is it causing symptoms of chest pain, low bp, passing out feeling etc. If symptomatic it can be an emergency you must seek medical attention either way. Read more

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What is cause of supraventricular tachycardia?

What is cause of supraventricular tachycardia?

Good question: With no simple answer. There are many triggers like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, excess thyroid hormone, anxiety, stress, decongestants eg pseudoephedrine, direct stimulants eg cocaine, etc. But you also have to have potential electrical connections in your heart that you're born with or acquire eg from rheumatic fever. Read more

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What could cause supraventricular tachycardia?

What could cause supraventricular tachycardia?

See List: Stmulants Cocaine amphetamines meth caffeine idiopathic aberrant electrical track called WPW syndrome. Read more

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How can supraventricular tachycardia affect you?

How can supraventricular tachycardia affect you?

Ineffective hrt beat: If your heart is beating extremely fast (as in supra-ventricular tachycardia) it has very little time to fill with blood between beats so very little blood will be pumped with every beat. As a result important organs like your brain, kidneys, liver and your heart itself will not receive the necessary amount of blood to continue functioning properly. Read more

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Iwhat is done for? Supraventricular tachycardia?

Iwhat is done for? Supraventricular tachycardia?

SVT: Supraventricular tachycardia is a fast rhythm which starts in the upper portion of the heart. It may be treated with meds or with an ablation which is a way of getting rid of the abnormal rhythm. Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia a common condition?

Is supraventricular tachycardia a common condition?

Yes: Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is a broad group of dysrhythmias that include atrial fibrillation (af). Svts are a very common rhythm abnormality and af among the commonest svts increasing in frequency as we age. Risk factors include thyroid disease, age, hypertension, diabetes, and several others. Treatments for SVT and af include medicines, pacemakers (if needed) and ablative procedures. Read more

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What are the tests for supraventricular tachycardia?

What are the tests for supraventricular tachycardia?

Rhythm recordings: The heart rhythm is recorded - with ekg followed by holter monitoring for 24 to 48 hours; or with event monitors for up to 30 days; or with an implanted loop recorder for up to 6 months. Also blood tests are done for thyroid, potassium and magnesium level. An echo is also appropriate. Read more

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What is supraventricular tachycardia? Is it serious?

What is supraventricular tachycardia? Is it serious?

See below: Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is an episodic fast heart rate that usually originates in the upper chambers of the heart. It usually starts all of a sudden and stops all of a sudden, usually is not life threatening by itself, and is mostly rather easily treatable with a cardiac procedure called ablation which is performed by an electrophysiologist. Read more

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What are the causes of supraventricular tachycardia?

: Hardening of the arteries, heart failure, thyroid disease, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, pulmonary embolism, pericarditis, stress, substance abuse, smoking and/or too much caffeine could all cause supraventricular tachycardia. Read more

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Supraventricular tachycardia in my baby. Please help!?

Supraventricular tachycardia in my baby. Please help!?

Immediate evaluation: If your baby indeed has supraventricular tachycardia, it requires the immediate services of a pediatric cardiologist (children's heart specialist) to determine the exact cause and institute prompt treatment. Go see a doctor now. Read more

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How can supraventricular tachycardia affect your life?

How can supraventricular tachycardia affect your life?

Many ways: Svt can be very diruptive if it occurs frequently and is symptomatic. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, lightheadedness. Some tolerate it well without specific treatment. Others require medications and possibly radiofrequency ablation, which is frequently curative. See your doctor for recommendations. Read more

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Can someone tell me what's supraventricular tachycardia?

Can someone tell me what's supraventricular tachycardia?

Arrhythmia: Supraventricular tachycardia is a general term for a group of rhythm disturbances involving the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) where the upper chambers beat abnormally fast relative to the lower pumping chambers (ventricles). Read more

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Supraventricular tachycardia. What to do as a 19y athlete?

Get evaluated: You need to find out why you are having the tachycardia and whether it is truly supra-ventricular tachycardia (svt) before you continue engaging in high level athletics. Many forms of svt can be treated and even "cured" so it is not worth the risk to continue sports until you know that it is safe to do so. See a cardiologist asap. Read more

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How can supraventricular tachycardia be treaated with medication?

How can supraventricular tachycardia be treaated with medication?

Electrical behavior: Depending on what type of supraventricular tachycardia (svt) you have and whether treatment is chronic (every day prevention) or on an emergency basis, medication is available that either works by slowing down you heart rate overall or interferes with the transmission of electricity between your heart's upper and lower chambers thereby braking the cycle that allows svt. Read more

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Do you know a website to find about supraventricular tachycardia?

Do you know a website to find about supraventricular tachycardia?

Heart Rhythm Society: The heart rhythm society website has good information. Additional industry sites include medtronic, st. Jude medical, and biosense webster. The mayo clinic, cleveland clinic, and other academic institutions may also have good information. Read more

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