SVT is an arrhythmia involving the top chamber(s) of the heart and leads to a heart rate that is too fast. SVT can occur due to multiple causes including but not limited to anxiety, stress, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, sleep apnea, thyroid problems, and heart failure. SVT is not life threatening by itself but it can be harmful in cases where there is significant pre-existing heart disease such as heart failure.

What are the symptoms of SVT?

The symptoms of SVT may include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, and fainting.

How is SVT diagnosed?

SVT is diagnosed based on the history, physical exam, ECG/EKG, and the results of heart monitoring.

How is SVT treated?

SVT can be treated using medications (including anti-arrhythmic medicines), electrical cardioversion, and/or catheter ablation. In most instances, SVT is curable with catheter ablation. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended.

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