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PSVT; Supraventricular tachycardia
If you do not have symptoms, PSVT may not require treatment.
If symptoms occur or if you have another heart disorder, treatment may be necessary.
If you have an episode of PSVT, a technique called the Valsalva maneuver can be used to interrupt the fast heartbeat. Hold your breath and strain, as if you were trying to have a bowel movement, or cough while sitting with your upper body bent forward.
Splashing ice water on the face has been reported by some people as helpful.
Emergency treatment of PSVT may include:
Long-term treatment of PSVT may include:
PSVT is generally not life threatening, unless other heart disorders are present.
The main complication is an increased risk of heart failure.
Call your health care provider if:
Olgin JE, Zipes DP. Specific arrhythmias: diagnosis and treatment. In: Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 8th ed. St. Louis, Mo: WB Saunders; 2007:chap 35.
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