Heart & Cardiology/NSVT?

Advertisement


Question
Hi there, I'm a 57 year old male, exercise daily at a vigorous level (20 years), still overweight and no real health issues. For the past 10 years or so I've noticed occasional runs of fast heart beats that generally stop before I can get a pulse. If it lasts long enough to feel, I can always stop it by compacting my core. I don't get these with or from exercise, usually from bending over or sitting in a slouched position. No accompanying symptoms and only happen once or twice a week then not at all for long periods. I had an echo and nuclear stress study about 8 or 9 years ago, completely normal. Blood pressure and cholesterol always under control.

How concerned should I be with the NSVT?

Answer
Hi Tony,
NSVT needs to be confirmed with a test, thus you need to repeat the same tests, adding perhaps a Holter or event monitor: a lot may have changed during the interval:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/palpitations
http://www.cardiachealth.org/palpitations#holter
http://www.cardiachealth.org/supraventricular-tachycardia-svt
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

Heart & Cardiology

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


doctort@cardiachealth.org

Expertise

Expert opinions on cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases

Experience

Over 30 years experience of dealing as an expert with cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases

Education/Credentials
Board certified cardio-thoracic surgeon

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.