What Is SVT?

If you are suffering from SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia) in Gilbert, AZ, you can count on Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology to provide the information and treatments that you require.

What Is SVT?

SVT or supraventricular tachycardia is a heartbeat over 100 BPM that originates in the upper chamber of the heart. When you have SVT, the impulses that regulate the heart don't act as they should. This may be the result of a structural abnormality in the heart which keeps the electrical impulses in the heart's built-in pacemaker from being unable to get through correctly.

Who Is Most Likely To Get SVT?

Children and women are the most likely to get SVT, but if you are an anxious young person or are middle-aged or older, you have an increased risk. Some lifestyle choices can result in SVT in Gilbert, AZ including:

  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Heavy smoking
  • Using drugs like cocaine or amphetamines
  • Heart disease either congenital or acquired
  • Some OTC or prescription cold or cold medicines can cause SVT
  • Having sleep apnea

Symptoms of SVT

Some people who have SVT have no symptoms at all. Other people describe a feeling of fluttering in their chest. You may feel your heart beating or feel palpitations. Feeling tired, light-headed, or actually, fainting is possible. In extreme cases, it can result in cardiac arrest or becoming unconscious.

How To Treat SVT

If your episodes of SVT only happen once in a while, and you have no other heart disease, treatment may not be necessary. But it may be possible to treat the condition with lifestyle changes. This includes cutting down on caffeinated beverages and alcohol and quitting smoking. Maintaining a healthy weight, getting exercise, and eating healthy foods. Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control is important.

Your doctor has other treatments that can help if these are too difficult to manage, or they are ineffective. They include medication, a catheter ablation, or a pacemaker. If you suffer from SVT, you probably should have a visit with your doctor to discuss the best way for you to treat your SVT.

Contact Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ to help with the treatment of SVT. To make an appointment, call our office at (480) 786-9100.

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