An electric shock to the heart
(electrical cardioversion) may be needed if you are having severe symptoms
supraventricular tachycardia and your heart rate does
not return to normal using
vagal maneuvers or fast-acting medicines.
If you continue to have
episodes that cause serious symptoms, a procedure called catheter ablation may
be done during an
electrophysiology (EP) study. During an EP study, the
extra electrical pathway or cells in the heart that are causing the fast heart
rate can often be identified and destroyed using catheter ablation.
- Heart Problems: Should I Have Catheter Ablation?
Other treatment choices
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
August 9, 2012
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