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What is the difference between supraventricular tachycardia and supraventricular arrthymias?

What is the difference between supraventricular tachycardia and supraventricular arrthymias?

Same: Most likely they are the same; theoretically supra ventricular arrhythmia can include atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. However, when people talk about it, they most commonly mean supra ventricular tachycardia. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: Supraventricular tachycardia?

Rate > 100 bpm: Atrial/supraventricular tachycardia with rate > 100 BPM.
mostly tratable, specially in a "normal Heart".

causes AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (70%), AV reentrant tachycardia (25%), atral tacycardia (5%), and other rare causes (< 1 %). ...Read more

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How many people in the united states are living with supraventricular tachycardia?

NEJM: According to the new england journal of medicine, nejm, "the incidence of supraventricular tachycardia is about 35 cases per 100, 000 per persons per year and the prevalence is about 2.25 per 1, 000 (excluding atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, multifocal atrial tachycardia, which were not covered in this (2006) review). ...Read more

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Is supraventricular tachycardia deadly?

Not usually: Svt should no be deadly. If it lasts for a long time (many hours or days), the heart can get tired and that is potentially dangerous. ...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?

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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What are the risks if I don't treat supraventricular tachycardia?

What are the risks if I don't treat supraventricular tachycardia?

Depends on the type: There are many types of supraventricular tachycardia. Among the different types; effects & frequency vary among persons. For example, for a very limited av nodal reentrant tachycardia once or twice a year that does not last long and does not go fast, the effects are usually benign. However, if the heart goes very fast you could pass out. Atrial fibrillation of any rate increases stroke risk. ...Read more

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Ventricular or supraventricular tachycardia. What's the difference?

Ventricular or supraventricular tachycardia. What's the difference?

Origin, prognosis: Supra-ventricular tachycardia originates in the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and ventricular tachycardia in the lower chambers (ventricles). In very general terms, ventricular tachycardia may carry a more worrisome prognosis than its supra-ventricular counterpart but in many cases both types can be treated and in some cases (particularly supra-ventricular) can be "cured". See you doctor. ...Read more

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What are the risks if you don't treat supraventricular tachycardia?

What are the risks if you don't treat supraventricular tachycardia?

Varies: If you have no symptoms, there are no risks. The treatment of svt is for symptomatic relief. (atrial fibrillation patients: this does not apply to you - in af, the rate must be controlled and some people need anticoagulation.). ...Read more

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How does supraventricular tachycardia or medication for it affect your voice?

How does supraventricular tachycardia or medication for it affect your voice?

It shouldn't: However, it is hard to know for sure without more details. Most medications don't affect the voice, but there are many things which can impact the voice. See your local ENT or laryngologist for a full evaluation of your voice. Regardless of the cause, many vocal disorders can be improved with treatment of some kind. ...Read more

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Are there any other medications apart from ß-blockers that can treat supraventricular tachycardia?

SVT: Yes, there are other drugs that can treat SVT. Calcium Channel Blockers and a cardiac glycoside called Digoxin can be used to treat SVT besides beta blockers. ...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

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