Dr. Riyad Mohama says, "To understand what WPW syndrome is we need to understand how the normal heart conduction system works. This diagram shows the hearts 2 upper chambers and lower chambers. The main electrical generator of the heart. Electricity travels from the top to the bottom passing through this bridge down to the right side and then the left side. It stops here and another one starts all over again. Patients with WPW (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome) have an extra pathway located on either side of the heart of right in the middle. This picture shows where the impulse travels on this path and finds an extra connection then jumps backward and goes down right away without waiting for the pulse to travel in here. It goes all over until it finds a circuit or gets tired or until medicine is given to stop it. It usually makes the heart go very fast at a rate of anywhere from a 180 to 250 beats per minute."
Tonight at ten we are going to find out how to treat this condition with radio frequency ablation. Call 877-AT-AVERA for more information.