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What will your doctor do during a physical exam to diagnose supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)?

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During your exam to diagnose supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), your doctor probably will listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope. They might also:

  • Feel your thyroid gland on your neck
  • Get your temperature and measure your blood pressure
  • Take a small blood sample with a thin needle

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Tachycardia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia.”

Wang, P. , “Supraventricular tachycardia,” 2002. Circulation

Colucci, R. , “Common Types of Supraventricular Tachycardia: Diagnosis and Management,” Oct. 15, 2010. American Family Physician

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

American Heart Association: “Holter Monitor.”

NHS Choices: “Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) -- Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Tachycardia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia.”

Wang, P. , “Supraventricular tachycardia,” 2002. Circulation

Colucci, R. , “Common Types of Supraventricular Tachycardia: Diagnosis and Management,” Oct. 15, 2010. American Family Physician

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

American Heart Association: “Holter Monitor.”

NHS Choices: “Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) -- Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

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