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How can stress trigger supraventricular tachycardia?

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If you are worn out or anxious, you may be more likely to have a bout of SVT. One small study was able to record electrical changes in the hearts of people with the condition who were mentally stressed.

Another study concluded that panic attacks can trigger this. The symptoms are similar: a racing heart, light-headedness and a hard time breathing.

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "2015 Guideline for the Management of Supraventricular Tachycardia."

National Health System U.K.: "Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) -- Causes."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia."

American Heart Association: "Tachycardia/Fast Heart Rate."

Uptodate.com: "Epidemiology of and risk factors for atrial fibrillation," "Arrhythmias in COPD," "Arrhythmias following cardiac transplantation."

Arrhythmia Alliance (U.K.): "Living with SVT, treating it with ablation and complications later needing a pacemaker."

Larsson, S. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, July 2014.

American College of Cardiology: "Supraventricular Tachycardia -- Topic Overview."

A Proposed Rule by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Register, November 24, 2000.

Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics: "Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)."

Finlay, M. Heart Rhythm. January 2016.

Frommeyer, G. Netherlands Heart Journal, February 2013.

UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center: "FAQ - Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "2015 Guideline for the Management of Supraventricular Tachycardia."

National Health System U.K.: "Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) -- Causes."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia."

American Heart Association: "Tachycardia/Fast Heart Rate."

Uptodate.com: "Epidemiology of and risk factors for atrial fibrillation," "Arrhythmias in COPD," "Arrhythmias following cardiac transplantation."

Arrhythmia Alliance (U.K.): "Living with SVT, treating it with ablation and complications later needing a pacemaker."

Larsson, S. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, July 2014.

American College of Cardiology: "Supraventricular Tachycardia -- Topic Overview."

A Proposed Rule by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Register, November 24, 2000.

Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics: "Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)."

Finlay, M. Heart Rhythm. January 2016.

Frommeyer, G. Netherlands Heart Journal, February 2013.

UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center: "FAQ - Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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