Have you experienced a recurring rapid heartbeat that starts and stops abruptly? You could be having episodes of PSVT or Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, also known as SVT or Supraventricular Tachycardia.
This common arrhythmia happens when an abnormal electrical circuit develops in the atria or the upper heart chambers. During an episode of PSVT, your heartbeat could rise beyond 100 bpm without any specific reason. PSVT is more common among children and babies and specifically among children with existing heart issues.
Recurring PSVT episodes are not suitable for your heart. This condition calls for immediate diagnosis and treatment, and if left untreated, it can weaken your heart muscles and lead to further complications.
Fortunately, the good news is that most of the time, PSVT can be cured with radiofrequency ablation or RF ablation. There is no one better to perform this procedure than Dr Karthigesan. He is a Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device Specialist, certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners, USA. As a Senior Consultant Cardiologist in Chennai, Dr Karthigesan has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of patients with RF ablation.
Furthermore, it is important to note that RF ablation or catheter ablation is the primary therapy for PSVT and is generally considered safe and effective.
PSVT is caused by one or multiple abnormal connections between the top and bottom chambers of your heart, either directly or through the Atrioventricular node. The most common types of PSVT are:
Dr. Karthigesan will recommend the following tests before proceeding with catheter ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation for PSVT is required to avoid long-term medication, repeated hospitalisation, emergency admissions, life-threatening complications, heart failure symptoms or syncope. However, Dr Karthigesan may suggest medication and other non-invasive treatment methods if your symptoms are minimal and rarely occurring.