Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), also called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, is defined as an abnormally fast heartbeat. It is a broad term that includes many forms of heart rhythm problems (heart Arrhythmia) that originate above the ventricles (supraventricular) in the atria or AV(atrioventricular) node.
Rate is usually 150-180 bpm and is regular narrow complex.
ST depression during supraventricular tachycardia is common & poorly predictive of ischaemic heart disease.
Not usually associated with haemodynamic instability.
Precipitated by alcohol, caffeine, stimulants, ischaemia, hypokalaemia, pregnancy and cannabis.