Arrhythmia supraventricular

What is Arrhythmia / Supraventricular Tachycardia?

Arrhythmia, also known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), is a condition in which your heart beats with abnormal or fast rhythm, often exceeding 100 beats per minute. This condition can lead to symptoms like palpitations, chest pain, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. It is important to seek medical attention for arrhythmia as soon as you experience it, so that proper treatment can be provided.

What Causes Arrhythmia / Supraventricular Tachycardia?

The exact cause of arrhythmia is often difficult to determine, but it usually occurs as a result of underlying structural or electrical abnormalities within the heart. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Damaged muscle tissue due to a heart attack or other cardiac event
  • Scarring or abnormal connections in the heart
  • Abnormal electrical pathways in the heart
  • Exposure to certain drugs
  • Stress or overexertion
  • Hormonal imbalances

What Are the Symptoms of Arrhythmia / Supraventricular Tachycardia?

The most common symptoms of arrhythmia are palpitations, chest pain, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include dizziness, unusual sweating, nausea, and fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.

How is Arrhythmia / Supraventricular Tachycardia Diagnosed?

To properly diagnose arrhythmia, your doctor will likely perform one or more tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), exercise stress test, or electrophysiology study. During these tests, your heart rhythm will be monitored to determine the cause of the arrhythmia.

How is Arrhythmia / Supraventricular Tachycardia Treated?

The treatment for arrhythmia will depend on the underlying cause, your symptoms, your age, and other factors such as your overall health and medical history. Treatment options may include medications, lifestyle changes, ablation (a procedure to remove tissue causing the arrhythmia), and implantable devices, such as an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).