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What is atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT)?

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Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT) happens when cells in your heart are sending electrical impulses in an extra circle. It ends up causing extra heartbeats.

SOURCES:

Texas Heart Institute: “Heart Anatomy.”

Wang, P. , Dec. 17, 2002.  Circulation

Medscape: “Conduction System of the Heart,” “Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry Tachycardia” and “Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia Overview of Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia.”

Colucci, R. Oct. 15, 2010. American Family Physician,

Stanford Health Care: “Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).”

Schwartz, M. May-June 1994. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation.”

Merck Manual: “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Texas Heart Institute: “Heart Anatomy.”

Wang, P. , Dec. 17, 2002.  Circulation

Medscape: “Conduction System of the Heart,” “Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry Tachycardia” and “Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia Overview of Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia.”

Colucci, R. Oct. 15, 2010. American Family Physician,

Stanford Health Care: “Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).”

Schwartz, M. May-June 1994. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation.”

Merck Manual: “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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