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Wolff Parkinson White [WPW] Syndrome in Women. East Tennessee State University Emily Clark Research in Allied Health. What is WPW?. It was discovered in 1930 by Dr. Harold Wolff, Dr. Paul Dudley, & Sir John Parkinson. Hence the name Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome.

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wolff parkinson white wpw syndrome in women

Wolff Parkinson White [WPW]Syndrome in Women

East Tennessee State University

Emily Clark

Research in Allied Health

what is wpw
What is WPW?
  • It was discovered in 1930 by Dr. Harold Wolff, Dr. Paul Dudley, & Sir John Parkinson. Hence the name Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome.
  • WPW is a condition that if any part or all of the ventricular muscle is activated be the impulse originating from the atrium.
about wpw
About WPW
  • Otherwise known as pre-excitation syndrome, WPW is characterized with episodes of tachycardia (supraventricular tachycardia in 80% of cases).
  • Someone with WPW may start having these episodes at anytime, infancy or adulthood. In females they can start in pregnancy.
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  • It occurs more often in males than females. Even so it occurs in females about 46%.
  • WPW has 2 types

Type A premature activation occurs in the left ventricle

Type B premature activation occurs in

the right ventricle.

*Some people diagnosed with WPW has neither Type A nor Type B

treatment options
Treatment Options
  • Some Cardiologists opt for drug therapy & use such drugs as Digitalis & related ones. This treatment would be most beneficial for mild to moderate WPW.
  • Open-Heart surgery is another option. This used to be very popular thought to be the only way to correct WPW.
  • Radio Wave Ablation is the most popular and efficient way to treat WPW. Using a catheter, Drs ablate the bad pathway causing the WPW.

*Sudden Death may occur in severe cases of WPW