What determines the extent of workup for suspected 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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The extent of the workup is determined by the acuity of the patient’s illness. In the patient who has cardiogenic shock or is unconscious, direct-current (DC) cardioversion is indicated as soon as a dysrhythmia is identified to be causative. Once the patient is hemodynamically stable or in the context of assessment following an arrest, selected laboratory studies may be considered.


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