WPW syndrome is a specific type of SVT involving the top chamber(s) of the heart and leads to a heart rate that is too fast. WPW occurs due to a short circuit of the heart’s electrical conduction system that is present at birth and occurs in a selected proportion of people. It is possible for WPW syndrome to lead to sudden cardiac death.

What are the symptoms of WPW syndrome?

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

How is WPW diagnosed?

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

How is WPW treated?

WPW can be treated using medications and electrical cardioversion but these are typically temporary measures. WPW is usually curative with catheter ablation.

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