Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wpw Syndrome Treatment

Treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may include medication or surgery. Treatment of sudden arrhythmias caused by underlying Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome depends on how fast the heart is beating, the blood pressure, and underlying heart rhythm. The presence of serious symptoms, such as breathing difficulty and chest pain, also factor into the decision about how to treat the condition.

Sudden rapid heart rhythms may be treated with:

  • Cardioversion
  • Medications

Long term treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may include:

Additional treatment for heart disease in someone with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may include:

Wpw Syndrome Catheter Ablation

Radiofrequency catheter ablation involves passing a special catheter through the bloodstream and into the heart. Radiofrequency energy heats the electrode in the catheter tip. The heat destroys the cardiac tissue that is responsible for the abnormal rhythm.

Wpw Syndrome Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Wolff Parkinson White syndrome.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a cardiac arrhythmia?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Wpw Syndrome Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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