Alternative treatment for supraventricular tachycardia

March 1, 2015

Supraventricular tachycardia episode? Try prescribing a handstand.

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) episode? Try prescribing a handstand. A case report describes how an 8-year-old girl with recurrent SVT secondary to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is consistently able to revert her SVT by doing a handstand. This simple vagal maneuver is certainly worth trying before turning to pharmacologic agents or electrical cardioversion (Hare M, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2015;100[1]:54-56). 

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