Emergency Medicine Reports – January 1, 2021
January 1, 2021
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Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) usually presents to the emergency department as a result of a combination of symptoms, including palpitations, dyspnea, and chest pain. Less frequent symptoms include lightheadedness, near-syncope, or syncope due to reduced cerebral perfusion. Accurate diagnosis of SVT guides acute treatment. Although many doctors are good at pattern recognition on electrocardiograms (ECGs), having a methodical approach to think through SVT is extremely helpful.