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Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a condition that causes tachycardia (fast heartbeat). A normal heartbeat is about 60 to 100 beats per minute. WPW causes 100 or more heartbeats per minute. WPW develops because an extra piece of heart muscle causes more electrical activity within your heart. WPW can develop for no known reason. Congenital heart disease or a family history of WPW can increase your risk.

What are the signs and symptoms of WPW?

You may have no symptoms, or you may have any of the following:

How is WPW diagnosed?

How is WPW treated?

Treatment will depend on how severe your symptoms are, and how often you have them. You may only need to be observed by your healthcare provider if you are not having symptoms. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I stop an episode of WPW?

Your healthcare provider will teach you methods called vagal maneuvers that can slow your heartbeat during an episode. The methods may include coughing, gagging, holding your breath, or putting ice on your face.

What can I do to manage my WPW?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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