Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a result of an added electric pathway between the upper and lower chambers of the heart. It thus leads to rapid heartbeats, which is also known as tachycardia. These rare symptoms may affect anyone between the ages 11-50. In the beginning, patients with this syndrome may experience feeling of flapping heartbeat, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, fatigue and anxiety. If the symptoms are diagnosed at a later stage they may also include chest pain, tightness of the chest, and problems with breathing and occasionally even sudden death. The treatment involves controlling the heartbeat through various methods like vagal maneuvers, medication, cardioversion and radiofrequency catheter ablation.
HOW IS WOLFF-PARKINSON-WHITE DIAGNOSED?
An ECG is generally done to examine the functioning of the heart and its electrical impulses.