Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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PSVT Underlying Cause

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The abnormal electrical activity may be present at birth, or may be caused by heart disease.

Causes of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia include:

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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