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Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome is a rare type of supraventricular tachycardia in which an extra electrical pathway between the atria and the ventricles is present at birth, but may not show symptoms until adulthood. WPW syndrome usually isn't serious. Many people experience no symptoms at all – or only mild heart racing that’s easily cured with treatment. In rare instances, WPW syndrome can be life-threating, especially if it occurs in conjunction with atrial fibrillation. Again, treatment can help eliminate this risk.



  • Medications
  • Ablation
  • Cardioversion (an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm)


  • Physical analysis of symptoms
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) 
  • Portable ECG recorder


In many cases, episodes of abnormal heart activity associated with WPW syndrome are harmless, don't last long, and settle down on their own without treatment. However, if your cardiologist recommends treatment, there are a number of options available to stop episodes as they occur, and help prevent future episodes. These include:

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