Patient Comments: Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome - Symptoms

What are the symptoms of your Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome?

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome WPW in 1994 while pregnant with my son. Being pregnant the doctors did not want to put me on any medications that would interfere with my pregnancy. After my son was born I found out after an 8 hour heart catheter that I had WPW. They could not find the extra path and I was put on medication for 2 years. My symptoms increased (fast heart rates, fatigue, chest pain, heavy, tight chest). I went to another cardiologist, three years later, and another heart catheter was performed which they supposedly found the extra path and it was abated. Five years after that procedure the rapid heartbeats stared again. I have since been on medication for 10 years with symptoms progressively getting worse and the cardiologists seeming content to keep me on medication. Not really wanting to go thru another heart catheter but thinking there may not be another answer to (hopefully) finding the answer to my issues.

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Comment from: Sammie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

None of you should be alarmed about Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. There are medications for this problem as well as the ablation. I started at age 21 with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. I was in and out of hospitals as not much was known then. In 1996 I had the first ablation done in Florida at age 45. I had been on medications prior to that. I have not had any problems since and I am now 60 years old. Do as the doctor says and you will be fine.

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Comment from: scooby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Horrible sudden palpitations that feel really thumpy and like something is fluttering through my chest, I went all clammy and sweaty and found it slightly hard to breath and after when it subsided (ten minutes or so) my legs felt tingly and I was cold and looked really pale and felt very tired.

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Comment from: rivergirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I started having episodes of heart palpitations in my early teens. It wasn't until I was in my 50's that the symptoms increased. Palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness. Recently I started having black-outs also. A heart specialist was called in and they found that I had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. I went through a procedure called a heart ablation, and that seems to have taken care of the problem. It has been almost a month, and I have not had an episode since the procedure.

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Comment from: Genevieve, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I am a 34 year old woman and experienced very rapid heartbeat while I was undergoing a procedure to insert a portacath for administration of chemotherapy. There was an emergency type situation and the cardiologist was called down. I received a shot of something into my chest and was told I would require an ablation after my chemotherapy was over. I am on the wait list for this now as my chemo has been successful. I don't have symptoms other than occasional heart racing, but other than that day at hospital they have always stopped themselves.

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Comment from: John, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I've had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome since I was 20. I'm 44 now and I've had the ablation done in 2005. Its 2012 now and it's back. I'm having an episode now, bad one too. I'm sick of it. A lot of people in my family have it as well.

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