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Different types of tachycardia

November 1, 2021

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Q.In the June 2021 Heart Letter, you explained the symptoms and diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia. Is that different from ventricular tachycardia? How are these problems treated?

A. Tachycardia refers to a rapid heart rate — anything higher than 100 beats per minute (bpm). But supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) tends to be less severe and occur in younger people. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is more likely in older people with heart disease and can be far more serious.

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