Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

Tachycardia means a fast heart rate. Supraventricular means coming from the top chambers of the heart. During an episode of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the heartbeat is not controlled by the normal way (the normal timer of the heart).

Symptoms of Supraventricular Tachycardia:

  • Palpitation
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Dizziness or Fainting
  • Chest Discomfort

Causes of Supraventricular Tachycardia

  • Hereditary
  • Certain Medications
  • Certain medical conditions or surgeries
  • Stress

How to Diagnose Supraventricular Tachycardia:

  • EKG
  • Holter Monitor
  • Event Monitor
  • EPS (Electrophysiology Study)

How to Treat Supraventricular Tachycardia:

  • No treatment is needed if it is infrequent and doesn’t bother you.
  • Heart rate lowering medications
  • Catheter Ablation Procedure

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