A woman in her 60s was evaluated for palpitations. She had a history of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) for 20 years. The episodes were previously controlled with verapamil, but sustained symptoms associated with shortness of breath recurred 6 months before presentation. Her symptoms did not respond to amiodarone therapy. On presentation, she had a regular heart rate of 122 beats per minute and blood pressure of 135/85 mm Hg. Cardiovascular examination demonstrated regular rhythm with cannon A waves in the jugular venous waveform. The 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is shown in Figure 1A. A 24-hour Holter monitor showed sustained tachycardia throughout the monitoring period. Her echocardiogram results were within normal limits.
Naksuk N, Kancharla K, Madhavan M. Narrow-Complex Tachycardia in a Woman With a 20-Year History of Supraventricular Tachycardia. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(11):1676–1678. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4785
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