Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT or PSVT)
Updated: Sep 15, 2020
"Tachycardia is when your heart beats faster than normal, even when you’re not doing anything. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is when your fast heartbeat starts in the upper, or supraventricular, chambers of the heart. It’s also known as supraventricular tachycardia. PSVT is most common in younger people, especially women." (WebMD). Certain factors, such as alcohol consumption or smoking, can increase the likelihood of developing this condition. (University of Maryland Medical Center). Symptoms of PSVT can last several minutes or hours and include:
Palpitations, a sensation that you can feel your heart beating rapidly or erratically
Shortness of breath
Fainting (University of Maryland Medical Center)
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John Hopkins Medicine. (n.d). Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT). John Hopkins Medicine. www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/paroxysmal-supraventricular-tachycardia#:~:text=Paroxysmal%20supraventricular%20tachycardia%20(PSVT)%20is,that%20starts%20and%20stops%20abruptlywww.umms.org/ummc/health-services/heart-vascular/services/arrhythmia/types/psvt
University of Maryland Medical Center. (n.d.). Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT). University of Maryland Medical Center. www.umms.org/ummc/health-services/heart-vascular/services/arrhythmia/types/psvt
WebMD. (n.d.). What Is Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia? WebMD. www.webmd.com/heart-disease/paroxysmal-supraventricular-tachycardia