Symptoms We Treat

Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

There are 3 common types of SVT. They are atrio-ventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), atrio-ventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT), and atrial tachycardia (AT). These irregular heart rhythms cause the heart to beat much faster than normal, and cause palpitations or near fainting. They are usually not life threatening. The diagnosis is made with an EKG or an event monitor. The treatment may include medications or even ablation. Ablation is usually curative.

Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Tachycardia is when the heart rate (pulse) is faster than normal. It is the opposite of bradycardia. It usually results in dizziness, near fainting or actual fainting. There are a couple of different types of tachycardia (SVT, AF, AFL, VT), and treatment is customized to the specific cause of your tachycardia.

Thrombosis (clot)

A deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a clot that occurs in the veins of the legs. The clot can cause swelling, and even travel to your lungs causing shortness of breath or even death. The diagnosis is made by ultrasound, and treatment usually involves blood thinners for a specified period of time.

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valvular heart disease (abnormal heart valve)

Ventricular fibrillation is a life threatening heart rhythm from the bottom chambers of your heart (ventricles) beating erratically. This inhibits the ventricles from pumping blood to your body causing either fainting or sudden death. The most common cause is blockages in the heart arteries. Treatment usually requires looking for blockages with a cardiac catheterization and then possibly getting a defibrillator.

Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)

Ventricular fibrillation is a life-threatening heart rhythm from the bottom chambers of your heart (ventricles) beating erratically. This inhibits the ventricles from pumping blood to your body causing either fainting or sudden death. The most common cause is blockages in the heart arteries. Treatment usually requires looking for blockages with a cardiac catheterization and then possibly getting a defibrillator.

Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

Ventricular tachycardia is a life-threatening heart rhythm from the bottom chambers of your heart (ventricles) beating erratically. This inhibits the ventricles from pumping blood to your body causing either fainting or sudden death. The most common cause is blockages in the heart arteries. Treatment usually requires looking for blockages with a cardiac catheterization and then possibly getting a defibrillator.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern (WPW)

WPW is caused by abnormal heart cells that electrical connect the top chambers of your heart (atrium) to the bottom chambers (ventricles). These cells should not be there, and have probably been present since birth. WPW can cause a specific type of fast heart rhythm called AVRT, which is a type of SVT. Patients may have either no symptoms, or experience palpitations, near fainting or actual fainting spells. The diagnosis is made by EKG. Some forms of WPW are non life-threatening, but rare forms can be life-threatening by resulting in dangerous arrhythmias (VF or VT). Treatment usually requires either just clinical observation, or possible even medications or ablation if the patient is symptomatic. Ablation is usually curative.


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