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What is Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome?

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Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome [1] (sometimes referred to as Wolfe Parkinson White or WPW) is a syndrome of pre-excitation of the ventricles of the heart due to an accessory pathway known as the bundle of Kent. [2] This accessory pathway is an abnormal electrical communication from the atria to the ventricles.

The incidence of WPW syndrome is between 0.9 and 3% of the general population.

While the vast majority of individuals with a bundle of Kent remain asymptomatic throughout their entire lives, there is a risk of sudden death associated with the syndrome. Sudden death due to WPW syndrome is rare (incidence of less than 0.6%), and is due to the effect of the accessory pathway on tachyarrhythmias in these individuals."

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Diagram of the human heart

Known incidents attributed to WPW Edit

Singer Meat Loaf survives collapse and heart surgery: [3]

Young Athlete Suddenly dies: [4]

6 month old baby experiences cardiac arrest due to WPW: [5]

Comments from people who suffer from WPW and their families Edit

  • I have WPW - im 14 ans have have it all my life. In some rare cases it can run in the family, like in my case my brother, mom, aunt and cousin have it. I have the more serious condition out of them as on mine it always show up on an ekg even when im not having paliptations. paliptations are when the eletrical signals are using the extra pathway that people with WPW have and it feels like you heart is going 1000 times quicker
  • My son was born with WPW, and had two heart catheter ablations to correct this in 2004. I hope this helps those who might be diagnosed with this rare condition.

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