Supraventricular Tachycardia

Friday, December 25, 2015

Supraventricular tachycardia is a cardiac arrhythmia arising from improper electrical activity of the heart. It is a type of tachycardia, or rapid heart rhythm. Dr. Edward Hill discusses SVT in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is a condition that causes your heart to beat faster than it should.

You might feel fluttering or tightness in your chest. You may also be short of breath or dizzy. The symptoms of SVT are like symptoms of anxiety.

The condition is usually diagnosed using a test called an electrocardiogram. Your doctor might record your heartbeat over a few days with a monitor you can take home.

SVT can be treated with medicine or an electric shock to bring your heartbeat back to normal.

If you have SVT, you should stop or limit your use of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.

Call your doctor right away if your symptoms last longer than a couple of minutes, you have them a lot, you get new symptoms or the symptoms are bad enough that you think you may pass out.

If SVT happens more than a few times a year, your doctor may prescribe medicine or refer you to a cardiologist.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.