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    Supraventricular Tachycardia - When to Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or seek emergency services immediately if you have a fast heart rate and you:

    • Faint or feel as though you are going to faint.
    • Have severe shortness of breath.
    • Have chest pain.
    • Have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

    Call your doctor if you are having fluttering in your chest (palpitations) that persists and does not go away quickly or if you have frequent palpitations.

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    If you have a pacemaker

    Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms that could mean your device is not working properly, such as:

    • Your heartbeat is very fast or slow, skipping, or fluttering.
    • You feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.
    • You have shortness of breath that is new or getting worse.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms of a fast or irregular heartbeat include:

    Most people who have supraventricular tachycardia need to see a cardiologist or electrophysiologist for follow-up care.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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