Dr. Su shares the treatments for supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) (rapid heart rhythm).
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Treatments for Supraventricular Tachycardia So for the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia, essentially we are talking about abnormal rhythm arising in the atrium. So the first line of therapy, often is medication, and that may be changing because it used to be that the ablation sometimes becomes very dangerous for some people, and it’s often scary. But catheter-based ablation actually is so safe nowadays with all the tools we have, and the flip side is that it’s a curative procedure. There are not too many things we can cure in medicine, and abnormal rhythm happens to be one of them. One has to weigh the risk and benefit, anything we do. The risk of medication is not benign; there are a lot of side effects to medication. Often that becomes lifelong therapy because as soon as we stop it, the abnormal rhythm will recur. We’re not getting to the problem, we’re just masking it with medication. So with the ablation, what we are doing is trying to find out what is the cause of the issue in the heart and eliminating that abnormal cause.