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Rare heart disorder often fatal if undiagnosed

Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome is a rare condition that occurs in 1.5 people per 1,000 population. It can cause sudden death in young people and is caused by an extra electrical connection between the ventricles and the atria. The condition is often undiagnosed as it is often asymptomatic. Diagnosis can be done only through an electrocardiogram scan but some patients may feel certain symptoms like palpitations, light-headedness or blackouts. If these symptoms occur inexplicably, it is important to have it further investigated. Treatment involves an operation called radiofrequency catheter ablation where the faulty electrical signal is located and then destroyed by passing a high electric current through it.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Debbie Spalding

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About: Rare heart disorder often fatal if undiagnosed

Date: 7 January 2005

Source: Debbie Spalding


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