What information about their treatment should patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome be given?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Educate patients who are being treated with drug therapy thoroughly regarding the disease and the type of medications they are taking. Such patients must be taught the following:

  • How to recognize disease recurrence
  • How to perform vagal maneuvers, when needed
  • To keep their follow-up appointments
  • To identify the adverse effects of antiarrhythmic drugs
  • Typically, to avoid aggressive competitive sports
  • To learn about ablative options and the indications for ablation

Patients with WPW syndrome should also educate their family members, and their siblings should be screened for preexcitation with 12-lead ECG.

For patient education resources, see the Heart Center, as well as Supraventricular Tachycardia.


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