Welcome to our Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome reference page.
This page provides a definition followed by an synopsis of EKG features.
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Definition of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome can occur when there extra electrical pathway between the atria ventricles.
This causes tachycardia. Wolf Parkinson White syndrome can occur at any age but is usually diagnosed in younger patients.
- Chest pain or tightness
- Shortness of breath
Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome Electrophysiology
The second pathway that is present with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome does not slow the electrical impulse as does the AV node.
Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome Rhythm Strip
The following table summarizes the key features of the Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome EKG rhythm strip.
||Regular unless atrial fibrillation present
||Normal (60-100 bpm)
||Can be short (<0.12 sec)
||Usually wide (> 0.12 sec)
||Look for short PR interval and/or delta wave
A delta wave (positive or negative) distorts the early part of the QRS complex