Preexcitation syndrome; WPW
How often the rapid heart rate occurs depends on the patient. Some people with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may have just a few episodes of rapid heart rate. Others may have the rapid heart rate once or twice a week. Sometimes there are no symptoms, and the condition is detected when a heart tests are done for another reason.
A person with WPW syndrome may have:
Chest painor chest tightness Dizziness Light-headedness Fainting Palpitations(a sensation of feeling your heart beat) Shortness of breath
Signs and tests
An exam performed during a tachycardia episode will reveal a heart rate greater than 230 beats per minute and
If the patient is currently not having tachycardia, the physical exam may be completely normal.
A test called
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome may be revealed by the following tests:
- ECG (
electrocardiogram) may show an abnormality called a "delta" wave.
- Continuous ambulatory monitoring (