Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia

  1. Just learning ECG stuff, and need some help with this one. Could someone please explain to me the difference between:

    Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia vs Sinus Tachycardia vs Supraventricular Tachycardia

    I'm getting all confused!
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  3. by   gam3rchic
    Quote from S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Just learning ECG stuff, and need some help with this one. Could someone please explain to me the difference between:

    Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia vs Sinus Tachycardia vs Supraventricular Tachycardia

    I'm getting all confused!
    SVT is just a broad term to describe any tachycardia that originates above the ventricles. PAT, then, is another name for SVT. I found this particular website helpful: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/t...ardia-Overview

    It describes different types of SVT, causes, treatments, etc.

    Sinus tachycardia is just tachycardia with normal electrical conduction from the SA node.

    Heart stuff can be kinda confusing at times
    Last edit by gam3rchic on Sep 24, '07
  4. by   RunnerRN
    SVT = PAT
    ST is simply normal heart conduction sped up, either for stress, low blood volume, etc.

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