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Wolff-Parkinson-White is defined as a rare kind of disorder that happens in the electrical system of the heart. The underlying causes here are abnormal accessory electrical conduction pathway. Because the symptoms here are asymptomatic, it is tough to understand the disease. Some patients may have the feeling of dizziness that is accompanied with shortness of breath and also palpitations.
HOW IS WOLFF-PARKINSON-WHITE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White is based on symptoms and clinical diagnostics. Cardiologists may order for blood tests to check for thyroid hormone levels and potassium levels. Chest X-ray is ordered to check for heart enlargement.
HOW IS WOLFF-PARKINSON-WHITE TREATED?
Severity and frequency of symptoms determine line of treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White. Treatment options are vagal maneuvers, medications, cardioversion and radiofrequency catheter ablation. In very rare cases Wolff-Parkinson-White causes sudden death
DID YOU KNOW?
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome often occurs with other structural abnormalities of the heart or underlying heart disease. The most common heart defect associated with the condition is Ebstein anomaly, which affects the valve that allows blood to flow from the right atrium to the right ventricle (the tricuspid valve). Additionally, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can be a component of several other genetic syndromes, including hypokalemic periodic paralysis (a condition that causes episodes of extreme muscle weakness), Pompe disease (a disorder characterized by the storage of excess glycogen), and tuberous sclerosis (a condition that results in the growth of noncancerous tumors in many parts of the body).