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What is the definition of supraventricular tachycardia?

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The term has Latin roots. Supraventricular means “above the ventricles,” which are the lower two sections of your heart. Tachycardia means “fast heart rate.” Rapid heart rates can start in various places of a heart. For you to get a diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), your problem must start in the atria, the heart's upper two chambers.

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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