Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is a board term used to describe many forms of heart arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm), where the heart beats too fast, which originates above the ventricles of the heart. The types are atrial tachycardia and atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia. The symptoms include palpitations, dyspnea, sweating, fluttering in your chest, chest tightness, rapid pulse, and anxiety.

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How to cure SVT?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a bad episode of SVT. It was the first major episode. The heart rate was above 200 bpm. I rushed to emergency, today is the fifth day, and still, I have tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and pain in the chest that come and go. Is this normal? I am a 30-year-old female. My...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The definitive treatment is ablation of the pathway in the heart. An electrophysiology study is done to locate pathway, and radio frequency or cryoablation is done to cure SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). The symptomatic treatment before ablation is tablet Verapamil...  Read Full »

When should I seek medical advice for SVT?

Query: Hi doctor, When I was 13 or 14 years old, I was diagnosed with SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). During initial days, it would last several minutes, and by the age 15, it was down to a few seconds (10-15). I saw a cardiologist, and he said that for the age 15 the SVT was so irregular. Also, he sta...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The episode that you described is probably an SVT episode. The warning signs are the same which you had such as sudden palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pain, and lastly, it can lead to syncope. However, these are not directly life-threatening. ...  Read Full »

My heart suddenly starts beating fast but reports are normal. Can you help?

Query: Hello doctor,My heart suddenly starts beating very fast from the last three years. My echo and ECG are always normal. Nowadays, I can feel the chest pain and some kind of picking in my right arm. My thyroid test is also normal. I do not know what to do. Doctors here do not know what my actual proble...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This can be cardiac arrhythmia like PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) or atrial fibrillation, in which heart rate suddenly goes up and also suddenly decreases. How much is your hemoglobin? Have you ever counted your pulse rate during the episodes? H...  Read Full »

Why does my heart rate increases very fast on exercising?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old, seemingly healthy with a history of anxiety. I recently had CBC, thyroid, kidney, cholesterol, and glucose test and all came back normal so I am not anemic or hyperthyroid. For several years, when I go from sitting to standing my heart rate increases to about 110 an...  Read Full »


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you are concerned about this HR (heart rate) being atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter or SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), first, HR is usually more than 130 to 140 in these conditions, especially in SVT. Secondly, these disorders do not have any specific relati...  Read Full »

What does an irregular heartbeat mean?

Query: Hello doctor, Just tonight I started having an irregular heartbeat. I have no other symptoms. I am not weak or dizzy or lightheaded. It has been going on and off for about five hours.  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. Your symptoms are most likely due to heart arrhythmia most likely AFib (atrial fibrillation), the most common arrhythmia which causes palpitations and may be completely asymptomatic. The other possible causes include SVT (supraventricular tac...  Read Full »

Why is the heart having rapid, uncontrollable pounding?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old, and my heart is having episodes of rapid, uncontrollable pounding which is giving me shortness of breath and faintness. This has only started recently with my first episode giving me tunnel vision. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This can be a cardiac arrhythmia like PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) or atrial fibrillation, in which heart rate suddenly goes up and also suddenly decreases. Blood pressure falls during these episodes, and one has dizziness, fainting, blackouts, some...  Read Full »

Suddenly, I start feeling dizziness, pressure in the chest, and weakness. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 33. Sometimes, out of nowhere, I start feeling dizzy, pressure in the chest with heavy breathing and weak legs and hands. Sometimes, I have headaches. No arm or chest pain. It was happening to me when I lay down and now it happens when I am standing too. I took medicine for acid reflu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This can be cardiac arrhythmia like PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) or atrial fibrillation, in which heart rate suddenly goes up and also suddenly decreases. Blood pressure falls during these episodes and one has dizziness, fainting, chest pain or disc...  Read Full »

Can you interpret these notes on the ECG for me?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I have a resting heart rate in the 70's when sitting but jumps to 120 to 130 when I stand. Doing dishes gets me to 160's. I tend to black out when I stand up for a few seconds. I have fainted five or more times. My doctor performed an electrocardiogram and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your ECG (electrocardiogram) shows that your heart has enlarged and has signs of SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). SVT is caused by a defect in transmitting electrical activity from the top of your heart to the bottom. When your heart beats fast, it does not have eno...  Read Full »

Is my angiography report normal?

Query: Hi doctor, One year ago, I had chest pain. I thought that it is may be due to some excessive spicy food I took the last night and also I did not sleep till late due to some work. So, I just ignored it and left for my work. That day, I had to go somewhere driving myself and I thought it as just a min...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to assure you, do not worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted in for. I have thoroughly gone through your case, reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »

I felt lightheaded and like my heart stopped. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 74 year old male in excellent health, and I am not on any medications. Recently, I had a strange chest sensation. It felt like my heart stopped or skipped, and I felt lightheaded like I might pass out. I had an EKG, echocardiogram, and a Holter test done. The EKG results were n...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you are a little worried about your heart and have been on the Holter monitor for a while. I appreciate that you have uploaded the reports in full for my consideration (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  From the fact that you are not on an...  Read Full »

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