Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome - ECG

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How is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome diagnosed?

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is diagnosed when the specific WPW pattern found on an ECG is linked to an episode of rapid heart rates, such as SVT or atrial fibrillation. The WPW pattern is a combination of what is termed a short PR interval and a delta wave. The rapid heart episode is usually from supraventricular tachycardia or SVT. Of note, the presence of an SVT can be from other more common forms of short-circuiting not necessarily related to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, such as atrial flutter or AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT).

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Comment from: Barbara, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was born with a heart murmur which is not life threatening and it was picked up at school when I was small due to the fact that I tired easily in sport and games. I also have suffered with irregular heartbeat. Three years ago I was in attendance for a pre-operation and something showed up on my ECG. They strapped a 24 hour monitor to me and passed me then for my operation. Recently I had to undergo another pre-operation and again The ECG showed something up. This time the brought a specialist in to look at the ECG and he diagnosed Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He explained it was nothing to worry about and my operation again went ahead. I still get irregular heartbeats (in fact, last night I was missing a beat after every 7 beats). I worry but they say all three diagnoses are not life threatening. Well, sometimes I do wonder what and who to believe especially now that I am 70.

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Comment from: Jani, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

Yes, I have had an ECG while I was suffering acute symptoms of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. My daughter helped me walk into the emergency room (ER), I told the admitting nurse that my pulse was 190, and I thought I was having my second SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). The ER staff immediately did an ECG, my heart rate was 200, and they quickly inserted an IV and then gave me adenosine. After two hours of observation in the ER, during which time my heart rate stayed below 150, I was released. A follow-up ultrasound revealed a healthy heart with no damage.

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