What is WPW pattern?

Some people with an extra electrical pathway don’t have signs or symptoms of a fast heartbeat. This condition is called Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) pattern. It’s often discovered by chance during a heart test.

What is the difference between WPW pattern and WPW syndrome?

The WPW pattern is applied to the patient with pre-excitation manifest on an EKG in the absence of symptomatic arrhythmias. The WPW syndrome is applied to the patient with both pre-excitation manifest on an EKG and symptomatic arrhythmias involving the accessory pathway.

Is WPW a serious heart condition?

WPW is not a dangerous disease for most people. You can manage or correct the condition with treatment. The biggest risk is for sudden death from a heart attack, which tachycardia can cause. However, this is extremely rare, occurring in less than one-half of 1 percent of cases.

Should I be worried about WPW?

It can be scary to be told that you have a problem with your heart, but WPW syndrome usually isn’t serious. Many people will have no symptoms or only experience occasional, mild episodes of their heart racing. With treatment, the condition can normally be completely cured.

What causes WPW syndrome?

In most cases, the cause of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is unknown. A small percentage of all cases are caused by mutations in the PRKAG2 gene. Some people with these mutations also have features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that enlarges and weakens the heart (cardiac) muscle.

Can Wolff-Parkinson-White come back?

Abstract. Background: Although successful ablation of the accessory pathway (AP) eliminates atrial fibrillation (AF) in some of patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and paroxysmal AF, in other patients it can recur.

Can WPW go away on its own?

It is possible for WPW symptoms to disappear over time. For those who continue to experience symptoms, living with WPW can be frustrating. Unless you know your trigger, you can’t anticipate when your heartbeat will become rapid.

How do you fix Wolff-Parkinson-White?

Treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome depends on the severity and frequency of symptoms and the type of heart rhythm problem (arrhythmia) causing the fast heart rate.
Treatment options for a fast heart rate include:

  1. Vagal maneuvers. …
  2. Medications. …
  3. Cardioversion. …
  4. Catheter ablation.

What is the difference between WPW and SVT?

What is SVT? Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) refers to a group of abnormal fast heart rhythms that arise because of a problem involving the upper chambers of the heart. WPW is short for Wolf-Parkinson White syndrome which is a special form of SVT.

Does WPW get worse with age?

The dispersion of atrial refractoriness was also shown to increase progressively with age. Therefore, the prevalence of a potentially malignant form of WPW syndrome in asymptomatic subjects does not decrease significantly with age.

What can you not eat with WPW?

Do not use over-the-counter decongestants, diet pills, or “pep” pills. They often contain ingredients that make your heart beat faster (stimulants). Do not use illegal drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy, or methamphetamine, which can speed up your heart’s rhythm. Do not smoke.

Can you drink alcohol with WPW?

DO avoid tobacco, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, pseudo-ephedrine (a nasal decongestant) and similar antihistamines, amphetamines, and cocaine. DO tell your health care provider about unusually fast heartbeats or near fainting.