Did you know that a normal heart rate is about 60 to 100 beats per minute? Tachycardia is a medical condition when your heart beats over 100 times in one minute. To take things one step further, the term supraventricular describes the location above the ventricles in the atria (or AV node). Therefore, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a heart rhythm problem beginning above your heart’s two lowest chambers.
It is essential to be aware of the symptoms of SVT in infants, teens, and adults. Some people have no signs of SVT or mistake the symptoms for other ailments. It can be difficult to pinpoint because you can experience periods of normal heart rates with rare episodes of supraventricular tachycardia. The symptoms come and go suddenly and may only last a few minutes. Symptoms of SVT that become ongoing or reoccur frequently may require treatment.
Both self-care remedies and medical treatments can help people with SVT either eliminate the irregular heart rhythm or at least control it better to live a regular life. Continue reading to learn more about the symptoms and treatments of supraventricular tachycardia.
1. Rapid Heartbeat
Also known as palpitations, this is an obvious symptom of supraventricular tachycardia. Although other medical conditions can also cause palpitations, they are characterized by a fast, hard, or irregular beat. You may feel your heart not only beating faster than normal but also pounding harder. This happens whenever the electrical impulses that are linked to heart rate do not function properly.
Not only will your heart race in your chest, but CVT can cause your pulse to pound harder, too. You may notice it in your throat or neck where the blood vessels are closer to the skin.
A fluttering heart may sound pleasant, but the sensation is rather uncomfortable. The chest cardiac muscle contraction for several reasons including stress, certain foods, or drugs, but it is also a sign of SVT.