What are the signs and symptoms 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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Older patients can usually describe the sudden onset of a pounding heartbeat, which is regular and “too rapid to count.” This is typically accompanied by a concomitant change in their tolerance for activity. An irregular rhythm may herald the presence of atrial fibrillation (AF). Occasionally, evidence of disease is discovered on routine electrocardiography (ECG), independent of a concurrent tachydysrhythmia.


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