Chapter 39. Supraventricular Tachycardia

  1. Salim Yusuf DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC Research Chair Professor of Medicine Director Vice President Research2,3,4,
  2. John A Cairns MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine Former Dean5,
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac6,
  4. Ernest L Fallen MD, FRCPC Professor Emeritus7 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh MB, ChB, DPhil Consultant Professor of Medicine8
  1. Erica D Penny-Peterson MD Assistant Professor of Medicine and
  2. Gerald V Naccarelli MD Chair Chief Professor of Medicine

Published Online: 21 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch39

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Penny-Peterson, E. D. and Naccarelli, G. V. (2009) Supraventricular Tachycardia, in Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch39

Editor Information

  1. 2

    McMaster University, Canada

  2. 3

    Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

  3. 4

    Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  4. 5

    Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  5. 6

    St George's University of London, London, UK

  6. 7

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  7. 8

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159258

Online ISBN: 9781444309768



  • supraventricular tachycardia;
  • sinus tachycardia - response to physiologic stimulus;
  • atrial tachycardia - focal and intra-atrial tachycardias described;
  • atrial flutter - macro re-entrant atrial tachycardia;
  • AV nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT) - common form of PSVT in adults;
  • automatic junctional tachycardias (AJTs) - secondary to increased automaticity within AV junction;
  • atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardias - re-entrant arrhythmias involving accessory pathway


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sinus tachycardia

  • Atrial tachycardia

  • Atrial flutter

  • AV nodal re-entrant tachycardia

  • Automatic junctional tachycardia

  • Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia

  • References