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    Default WPW and what to do..

    So back in 2009 I was diagnosed with Wolff Parkenson White syndrome. (Google if you would like) anyways that same year I got an oblation to remove the extra electrode in my heart. Since then I still get these episodes of heart racing and what feels like convulsions in my heart. So I went back to the doc with urgency in 2012 and had to go to Vegas yet again for the same surgery. But they said my heart would go into this fast beefing rythem so.they could do anything. That they couldn't find the electrode . They also told me that before I could have another surgery to fix it that they would have to catch this event on a ekg (think thats what they're called) before another surgery attempt. So what should I do. It never happens on my damn 24 hour heart monitor, its like my body says " hey he has the monitor on let chill out for once " and each time just to see the doc is $50 copay. I make $9.50 an hour so yeah. You can see where I get annoyed from.Should I find a different doc? I'm going to the best doc in my city ans I've seen a nation wide specialist that did my surgery. Thanks.

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    I looked up Wolff-Parkinson-White as I had never heard of it. Although it sounds non-life threatening on the most part I do wish you the best in finding future care.

    My main reason for responding was to ask you if the doctor mentioned low Potassium? When I went to the hospital to see about an irregular heart-beat I was having a few years back, the doc said it was tachycardia-like and was most likely due to low potassium. Upon reading about WPW tonight I found that it can be similar to tachycardia and wonder if low potassium could contribute to it or trigger it. This does not mean I doubt your doctor's evaluation and He/She sounds like they know what is going on. Was there a mineral defficiency involved? Do you take anything for it?

    Just a thought. Take care.

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    So the issue with WPW is that it is a accessory conduction pathways, simplified that means that while normal heart conduction proceeds from a source in the atrium, through the atrioventricular node(AV node) and into the ventricle, and moving through that pathway helps control the rate, now with WPW there is another pathway which can conduct either retrograde or anterograde or both and in either an orthodromic or antidromic manor, the details are really beyond this, but all of those factors, as well as other underlying pathology affect the risk and treatment and are important to identify and can be seen on the ekg. The concern with WPW is that it can cause people to have really fast ventricular heart rates and associate with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death ventricular dysrythmias. So basically its important to catch an episode so they know what they are targeting with future procedures and make sure that it is still the WPW causing the palpitations. Just as an idea there are holter monitors which record for periods longer then 24 hours and basically look for events so something your doctor could possibly consider.

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    A Holter monitor is unlikely to catch it if it is infrequent as people usually wear those for a couple of days tops - if it is an infrequent occurrence you are likely best off with a loop recorder.

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