If supraventricular tachycardia occurs in someone
who has significant
coronary artery disease, the heart may not receive
enough blood to keep up with the demands of the increased heart rate. If this
occurs, the heart may not get enough oxygen, potentially causing chest pain
(angina) or a
Mild supraventricular tachycardia,
with short episodes that don't happen often, doesn't typically weaken the heart or lead to heart failure. But some people have a higher risk of getting heart failure, such as those who have a heart valve disease. If tachycardia is left untreated,
repeated and long episodes of tachycardia can lead to
heart failure (known
as a tachycardia-mediated cardiomyopathy). But this heart failure might be stopped, or reversed, if the supraventricular tachycardia is stopped with treatment.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
August 9, 2012
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