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Supraventricular Tachycardia And Mold
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Will I still be able to travel since I've been diagnosed with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia?
Can anyone please explain to me what supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is. My 16 year old is being tested?
See Below: Svt: tachycardia means the heart beats faster than normal originating supraventricular, above the ventricles, in the atria caused by abnormal electrical impulses. Because the heart is not contracting effectively, it may cause lightheadedness, dizzyness or fainting.This arrythmia is usually not dangerous but in a few people it can become dangerous. Your daughter must be assessed by a cardiologist. ...Read more
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
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.
Consult a cardiologist for details. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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