What are the treatment options for 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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Treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW)-associated arrhythmias is directed at the underlying cause (through the use of radiofrequency [RF] ablation of the accessory pathway [AP], antiarrhythmic drugs in adults to slow AP conduction in certain situations (ie, Mahaim or atriofascicular pathway-mediated supraventricular tachycardia [SVT]; typically, atrioventricular [AV] nodal-conduction blocking medications are avoided in the acute setting of WPW), or AV nodal blocking medications to slow AV nodal conduction).


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