What is the best long-term treatment plan 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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The best long-term plan is to not use drugs at all. All patients who have symptomatic WPW syndrome should be referred for electrophysiologic studies (EPS) and considered for ablation, which has a very high cure rate and a low complication rate. Patients who have asymptomatic APs with short refractory periods (<240 ms) are poor candidates for medical therapy and are best treated with ablation as well.


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