Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
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Supraventricular tachycardia is when the heart beats at an abnormally fast rate. Tachycardia is when the heart beats over 100 beats per minute. Most people that have episodes of tachycardia live healthy without any problems.
Supraventricular tachycardia episodes can sometimes be directly related to a trigger like stress, lack of sleep or physical activity. Other times there is no trigger. Things that can cause an episode include
Supraventricular tachycardia becomes a problem when it occurs frequently especially if the patient has existing heart condition or other medical problems. Symptoms of supraventricular tachycardia include
Imaging and Diagnostics:
There are many ways for the doctor to diagnose supraventricular tachycardia. Below are tests that the doctor may ask the patient to make a proper diagnosis
Most people that experience supraventricular tachycardia do not need medical attention, however, frequent episodes may require treatment. The doctor may suggest the following
In addition to treatments, the doctor may suggest some lifestyle changes. These include