Supraventricular tachycardia is an abnormally fast or quick heartbeat. People with heart rates ranging from 60 to 100 beats per minute have a normal heart rate, but those with the rate exceeding 100 beats per minute have tachycardia. Tachycardia means the electrical impulses that allow your heart to beat do not work efficiently.
This causes the feeling of a fluttering and or racing heartbeat. Individuals living with the condition Supraventricular Tachycardia can live healthy lives, some without any interventions, but others may need lifestyle changes and treatment to help keep the rapid heartbeats under control. This condition can appear and reappear, with the symptoms lasting a few minutes to days. Supraventricular tachycardia becomes a large issue when it occurs frequently for long periods of time. It greatly affects those with ongoing or existing medical issues.
Although symptoms can be present or nonexistent, there are some that may determine if you have tachycardia such as fluttering in your chest, rapid heart beats, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness, sweating, pounding sensations in your neck, and fainting. Supraventricular tachycardia is not usually life threatening unless there is more heart disorders, but regular doctor visits are essential if the symptoms are frequent. There are three major types of supraventricular tachycardia such as Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia, and Atrial tachycardia. Supraventricular tachycardia is more common among infants and children as well was women. Certain types of tachycardia targets middle-aged individuals and others pregnant women. Many various factors can increase a person’s likelihood of supraventricular tachycardia such as age, coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease, thyroid problems, drugs, physical fatigue, diabetes, sleep apnea, and nicotine or street drug use. Treatment of this condition does not always require medical treatment, but in some severe cases it is needed. A common treatment for Supraventricular tachycardia is Catheter ablation.
In this procedure, your doctor threads one or more catheters through your blood vessels to your heart. Electrodes at the catheter tips can use heat, extreme cold or radiofrequency energy to damage a small spot of heart tissue and create an electrical block along the pathway that’s causing your arrhythmia. There are many other treatments for supraventricular tachycardia, but catheter ablation procedure is about 85% effective.