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Supraventricular Tachycardia (cont.)

Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT, PSVT) Follow-up

The doctor may monitor the patient's progress, depending on the severity of the symptoms or the cause and treatment used for the PSVT. The doctor may choose to monitor the patient for a few weeks or months for the following reasons:

  • To assess the frequency of the recurrence of arrhythmias and heart rate
  • To adjust or change medications based on clinical, repeat ECG, or Holter evaluations
  • To plan further therapy if the PSVT condition worsens

Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT, PSVT) Prevention

  • Reduce stress, especially emotional stress.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Eliminate caffeine and other stimulants such as alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Comply with medications and medical advice.
  • Learn more about PSVT by asking the doctor to answer any questions about PSVT.

Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT, PSVT) Prognosis

Most people with rare episodes of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) live healthy lives without restrictions, so their outlook is excellent. Those people that require medication, cardioversion, or other interventions usually have a good to fair outcome.

  • If patients are told to take medications, the person may or may not experience some side effects. Discuss those potential side effects with the doctor.
  • In rare cases, if a patient has a continuous fast heart rate like PSVT that goes untreated, the heart muscle can weaken and lead to heart failure.
  • If the doctor finds a specific cause related to an underlying heart or systematic condition, recovery from PSVT may depend on the prognosis for that underlying condition.

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

REFERENCES:

Kantoch, Michal J. "Supraventricular tachycardia in children." Indian Journal of Pediatrics 72.7 (2005): 609-619.

Gugneja, Monika, et al. "Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia." Medscape. 23 Jan. 2012. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/156670-overview>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/17/2016

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