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Doctor insights on: Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Can supraventricular tachycardia go away by itself over time? I'm just not keen on catheter ablation and i don't want to be on bisoprolol forever!

Can supraventricular tachycardia go away by itself over time? I'm just not keen on catheter ablation and i don't want to be on bisoprolol forever!

SVT: Typically, SVT will not go away on its own. Think of it like a stray wire that short-circuits the electricity. Until the stray wire is cut or removed, the short-circuits will continue. Stranger things have happened in medicine, but the general consensus is going to be no, it won't go away on its own. ...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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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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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 are the presenting symptoms of supraventricular tachycardia?

What are the presenting symptoms of supraventricular tachycardia?

Palpitations: Usually palpitations or a sensation that the heart is beating very fast. This is usually associated with chest discomfort, shortness of breath , lightheadedness and or fatigue. ...Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia treatable?

Yes: Eliminating the "short circuit" in your heart responsible for the tachycardia by way of a procedure called ablation (performed in the cath lab) is one permanent way of treating the svt. Medications can also be used to modify the electrical activity of the heart and control the tachycardia. Consult your cardiologist to see if which treatment option suits you best. ...Read more

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Compare ventricular vs supraventricular tachycardia?

Compare ventricular vs supraventricular tachycardia?

Atria or ventricles: Supra ventricular tachycardia: from upper chambers of the heart, is due to irritability (increased automaticity) or a short circuit (reentry), heart is usually structurally normal. Ventricular tachycardia: from lower chambers of the heart, due to irritability, can occur in normal hearts but is more often seen in hearts with scar tissue or weak hearts and can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What are the risks of not treating supraventricular tachycardia?

Depends: Svt is usually not a life threatening condition. Treatment is usually based on symptomsespecially if the heart is otherwise normal . If svt is long lived , the heart can sometimes suffer damage ( due to fast heart rates for weeks/months), although this is not very common. See you doctor asap to determine a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia SVT completely treatable?

In most cases: Either conservatively with medications or with radiofrequency ablation which has a very high cure rate. ...Read more

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Is a sinus tachycardia same thing as supraventricular tachycardia?

Is a sinus tachycardia same thing as supraventricular tachycardia?

No: Sinus tachycardia is the normal fast heart rate that results from a stressful situation, physically or emotionally (running, being upset, having fever, etc...). Svt is an arrhythmia that usually requires abnormalities of the electrical conduction system of the heart, and if frequent and troubling needs directed treatment. Sinus tachycardia does not require treatment of its own usually. ...Read more

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Are steroid injections safe if you have supraventricular tachycardia?

Are steroid injections safe if you have supraventricular tachycardia?

Not contraindicated: There's no specific contraindication, but of course there are risks with any medication use. I would be more concerned about use of sympathomimetics (caffeine, decongestants or nebulizer use) potentially triggering episodes. ...Read more

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Is a sinus tachycardia the same thing as supraventricular tachycardia?

Is a sinus tachycardia the same thing as  supraventricular tachycardia?

Depends: Depends on how fast or how slow, the cause for the abnormal rate and whether or not it is causing any symptoms. Both abnormally slow and fast heart beats can cause congestive heart failure and syncope (fainting). Persistent fast heart beats can cause weakness of heart muscle referred to as tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Will i still be able to travel since i've been diagnosed with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia?

Yes: There would typically be no travel restrictions. Of course, the anxiety associated with the prospect of having an episode while on the road is one of the many factors that make patients more interested in ablation for their svt. ...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