The team of doctors at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon successfully treated a 28 yr old for Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT), a case of abnormal heart rate. Miss Anita Kumar (name changed) a resident of Gurgaon came to the emergency department of the hospital complaining of restlessness, palpitations, and ghabrahat. The team of emergency specialists and cardiologists immediately diagnosed her signs and symptoms and provided her the needed medical expertise that could diagnose her condition. Dr. Bharat Kukreti, Associate Director, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon and Dr. Imtiyaz Gani Reshi, Principal Consultant and HOD Emergency Medicine stabilized the patient with medicine for an abnormal heart rate causing extreme symptoms of discomfort, shortness of breath, anxiety, rapid pulse rise and a tightness in the chest.
However, to prevent any such recurrence in future and give a permanent cure from this disease of heartbeats, Dr. Narendra Kumar, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist (Cardiologist specializing in heart rhythm problem) at Paras Hospitals was immediately consulted. The case was reviewed and planned for cardiac electrophysiological study (EPS) and radio-frequency ablation. This highly specialized study allows evaluating patient’s heart rhythm by checking the electrical pathways of the heart. She was successfully treated and discharged next day itself. Currently, Paras Hospitals is among the only few hospitals in South Asia having a full-time electrophysiologist. Dr. Narendra Kumar has experience of more than 2500 ablation procedures and >50 publications in topmost cardiology journals globally. He is the only Indian physician to have passed level 2 of European board certification in cardiac electrophysiology and trained at among the top-ranked hospitals abroad spread across the USA, UK, Germany and The Netherlands.
According to Dr. Narendra Kumar, “Alcohol, caffeine, drug or smoking can increase your risk of suffering from a cardiac event. Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) can be defined as an episode where the heart beats faster than the normal rate. This type of condition can occur at any age and even in people that don’t have any heart conditions. We have seen patients with a heart rate of more than 250 beats per minute (bpm) when the normal rate is usually between 60-100 beats per minute (bpm).”
Patients suffering from such conditions complained of uneasiness and discomfort. It is important that such patients receive immediate medical attention to ensure that no complications arise and that the patient vitals revert back to normal. However, one major issue with PSVT is that on numerous occasions it is mistaken as a panic attack and may be mishandled by doctors.
PSVT or episodes of the abnormal fast heartbeat can occur from time to time and hence to ensure that the patient doesn’t suffer from such episodes, it is important that the right diagnosis is done. Such patients need to take care of their lifestyle. PSVT is usually not life-threatening but may increase your risk of congestive heart failure, angina, or other abnormal rhythms. Such PSVTs can be easily ablated which avoids unnecessary consumptions of medicines, that may cause several side-effects and thus helping such patients to lead a normal person’s life.