What is the role of stress testing in the diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Stress testing is ancillary and may be used for the following:

  • To reproduce a transient paroxysmal SVT, which is triggered by exercise
  • To document the relationship of exercise to the onset of tachycardia
  • To evaluate the efficacy of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (class Ic antiarrhythmic medications and effects on antegrade preexcitation)
  • To determine whether consistent or  intermittent preexcitation is present at different sinus (heart) rates

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