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WPW-Syndrome (Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome)


A special form of arrhythmia

What is WPW-Syndrome?


In Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, an extra electrical pathway between your heart's upper and lower chambers causes a rapid heartbeat. The condition, which is present at birth, is fairly rare.


The episodes of fast heartbeats usually aren't life-threatening, but serious heart problems can occur.Most people with an extra electrical pathway have no fast heartbeat. This condition, called Wolff-Parkinson-White pattern, is discovered by chance during a heart exam.


An episode of a fast heartbeat can begin suddenly and last a few seconds or several hours.


Episodes can occur during exercise or while at rest. Caffeine or other stimulants and alcohol trigger symptoms for some people.

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What are the symptoms of WPW-Syndrome?

  • A rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fainting


For many people, this syndrome doesn't cause serious problems. But complications can occur. It's not always possible to know your risk of serious heart-related events. 

If the WPW-syndrome is untreated — particularly if you have other heart conditions — you might have:

  • Fainting spells

  • Fast heartbeats

  • Rarely, sudden cardiac arrest


What imaging/ tests are done to diagnose WPW-Syndrome?

  • ECG

  • Exercise ECG (Bicycle Stress Test)

  • Minimally invasive EP-studies (electrophysiologic studies in the EP-lab)


What intervention/ treatment can be performed for WPW-Syndrome?

  • Ablation therapy


What intervention/ treatment does CardioCare offer for WPW-Syndrome?

  • EP-studies and Ablation therapy

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