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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is supraventricular tachycardia?

A condition affecting the upper chambers of the heart, resulting in abnormally fast heartbeat. This can come and go suddenly, and last from a few minutes to a few days. It occurs when there is a problem in the usual signaling system of the heart and usually not life-threatening, but in rare cases, can lead to cardiac arrest or loss of consciousness. It can affect anyone. Risk factors include: heart or coronary artery defects or disease, emotional or physical stress/fatigue, and existing thyroid problems.

Symptoms of supraventricular tachycardia

  • Feel the heart is pounding

Questions your doctor may ask to check for supraventricular tachycardia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose supraventricular tachycardia

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

Treatment for supraventricular tachycardia

Mild forms of this condition do not require treatment. If repeated episodes occur, doctors may recommend medication, maneuvers (taught by the doctor) or a carotid massage (performed by the doctor). Other procedures are available if symptoms still remain severe.

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