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Living with a Galloping Heart

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Over the last few decades, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) with or without the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome often resulting in palpitations and a galloping heart ranks high among the maladies that witnessed a therapeutic revolution, perhaps like no other. In this chapter, the incidence, manifestations, and mechanisms of PSVT, namely, those associated with the Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), are reviewed.


Among my stillness was a pounding heart.—Shannon A. Thomson, Seconds before Sunrise

Having this thing totally wrecked my life. I felt so scared and helpless because I never knew when I’d have another episode, how bad that episode would be, if this new drug would work … because many of them didn’t… or if it never stopped racing… would I die?—Kathryn A. Wood, Supraventricular Tachycardia and the Struggle to Be Believed

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    The prevalence of preexcitation (WPW pattern) on ECG is estimated to be between 0.1% and 0.3%.

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Gomes, J.A. (2021). Living with a Galloping Heart. In: Rhythms of Broken Hearts. Springer, Cham.

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