The number of people suffering from heart disease is increasing rapidly. This also includes arrhythmia. When a person's heartbeat is not normal, he may have arrhythmia. There are different types of arrhythmias and they all have different names. The names of arrhythmias depend on the cause of the problem. Similarly, supraventricular tachycardia is also considered a type of arrhythmia. It is also known as SVT. This problem affects the upper chamber of the heart. In this the heart beat becomes very fast. Even while resting, a person can have more than 100 heart beats in a minute.In this article you will learn in detail about the symptoms, causes and treatment of supraventricular tachycardia -

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  1. Symptoms of Supraventricular Tachycardia
  2. Causes of Supraventricular Tachycardia
  3. Treatment of supraventricular tachycardia
  4. Summary
Doctors for Racing Hearts: Exploring the World of Supraventricular Tachycardia

In supraventricular tachycardia the heart beats fast. The speed of heartbeat is so fast that blood cannot fill it. This makes it difficult for the body to get enough blood. According to research, 2.25 out of every 1,000 people may develop SVT. Let us tell you that having more than 100 heart beats per minute can be the most common symptom of supraventricular tachycardia. Its other symptoms are as follows -

In severe cases of supraventricular tachycardia, people may faint or suffer cardiac arrest.

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In most cases there is no obvious cause for supraventricular tachycardia. At the same time, in some cases, any problem in the electrical signals and circuitry of the heart can cause supraventricular tachycardia. Apart from this, some other reasons can trigger supraventricular tachycardia. This includes -

Additionally, pregnant women are also at higher risk of developing supraventricular tachycardia. Thyroid, lung and heart diseases can also cause supraventricular tachycardia. This problem can be seen more in adolescence.

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Most cases of supraventricular tachycardia do not require treatment. Yes, if a person has this problem for a long time, the following types of treatment can be done -

Carotid Sinus Massage

Under this, the doctor applies light pressure on the neck, where the carotid artery divides into two branches. During this type of massage, the body releases chemicals that slow down the heart rate. Keep in mind that never massage the carotid sinus yourself.

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Vagal Maneuver

Simple, but specific actions like coughing or applying an ice pack to the face can help slow the heart rate. The doctor may ask you to do these activities if you experience SVT. These actions affect the vagus nerve, which helps control the heartbeat.

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Medicines

Some medicines may prove effective in treating supraventricular tachycardia. These medicines can treat supraventricular tachycardia by normalizing the heart beat. Medicines used to treat supraventricular tachycardia include-

  • Adenosine
  • Atropine
  • Beta Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Digitalis (Digoxin)
  • Potassium Channel Blockers

These medicines can be taken on the advice of a doctor.

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Cardioversion

Paddles or patches on the chest are used to deliver electrical shocks to the heart and help reset the heart's rhythm. Cardioversion is usually used when vagal maneuvers and medications do not work.

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Catheter Ablation

In this procedure, doctors usually insert thin tubes i.e. catheters through veins or arteries in the waist. A sensor is placed at the tip of the catheter. This sensor uses heat and cold energy to create small targets in the heart. This stops the irregular electrical signals and restores the heart beat.

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Pacemaker

In some serious cases, a small device called a pacemaker is installed to keep the heart beating regularly. The pacemaker is implanted under the skin near the collarbone through a minor surgical procedure. This device is connected to the heart through a wire.

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The heart rate may increase in supraventricular tachycardia. This is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. In this condition, symptoms like chest pain, dizziness may be felt. In some cases this problem can become serious and cause cardiac arrest. Therefore, its symptoms should not be ignored at all. If symptoms appear, one should immediately contact the doctor and take medicine to normalize the heartbeat.

Dr. Farhan Shikoh

Dr. Farhan Shikoh

Cardiology
11 Years of Experience

Dr. Amit Singh

Dr. Amit Singh

Cardiology
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Dr. Shekar M G

Dr. Shekar M G

Cardiology
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Dr. Janardhana Reddy D

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