Treatment of SVT
If the patient’s condition is stable, there are a number of options which a doctor may exercise to regularize the abnormal rhythm arising out of SVT. Vagal maneuvers, which consist of holding breath, coughing, immersing the face in cold water, and tightening the muscles, enhance the tone of the vagus nerve over the heart. This results in the stimulation of certain substances which lower the heart rate and help to normalize the abnormal heart beats which characterize PSVT.
Treatment for Supraventricular tachycardia also involves administering carotid massage which consists of slowly pressing and massaging the carotid sinus, which is located right under the angle of your jaw. This move also helps to release chemicals which slow down the heart rate. However, this treatment is generally restricted to young and able bodied people as it may lead to a stroke in elders.
The doctor may also suggest implanting a pacemaker through a surgical procedure. A pacemaker is an electronic device which takes on the function of the SA node in the heart.