Supraventricular tachycardia is generally not life threatening unless you have other heart disorders. Call your health care provider if any of the following conditions occur:
The following conditions warrant a visit to the nearest hospital emergency department. Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911 for emergency help.
In most people, supraventricular arrhythmias are not dangerous. Mild arrhythmias, such as isolated premature beats, may require no treatment. A few people, however, may have arrhythmias that become dangerous and require immediate, perhaps prolonged, treatment.
In most cases, you might attempt the following simple maneuvers, called vagal maneuvers, to assist your body in slowing your heart rate.
If these maneuvers do not work, lie down and relax. Take some slow, deep breaths. Often, your heart will slow by itself.
If the symptoms continue, get immediate transport to a hospital. If you have frequent episodes of rapid heartbeat, you should be evaluated by a medical professional.
The following lifestyle choices may help control your condition:
Your health care provider may want to monitor your progress, depending on the severity of your symptoms and the source of your supraventricular tachycardia. He or she may choose to monitor you for a few weeks or months for the following reasons:
Most people with episodes of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia live a healthy life without restrictions.
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