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Question:

How serious is Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome?

Is it serious to be diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome?   

submitted by Jennifer from Texas on 8/20/2013

Answer:

J. Alberto Lopez, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, J. Alberto Lopez, MD    

WPW is a totally curable problem with minimum risk in the hands of an experienced operator.  An electrophysiologist can solve the problem with a minimally invasive procedure in 1 - 2 hours, as an outpatient, and avoid the inconvenience and risks of living with WPW.  Very rarely life-threatening, WPW may be significantly troublesome due to problems with recurrent, fast heart rhythms (tachycardia).  Many times this requires emergency room visits and results in poor quality of life. 

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