"Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a syndrome of pre-excitation of the ventricles of the heart due to an accessory pathway known as the bundle of Kent. This accessory pathway is an abnormal electrical communication from the atria to the ventricles. WPW is a type of atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia.
The incidence of WPW syndrome is between 0.9% and 3% of the general population"
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08/16/2010: Tahiti from Monroeville, Pa, United States Of America: "Can anyone help me? My 15 year old grandson has just been diagnosed with Wolfe Parkinson's Disease. I had never even heard of it until he told me about it. Anyone who has had any experience with it please let me know what you did/do to alleviate the syptoms and/or cure the disease itself. He wants to play high-school sports, but has been told by a doctor that that might not be a possibility for him. Other than this recent diagnosis, he is as healthy as healthy could be. Any and all information will be appreciated! Thanks and God bless! Tahiti"Replies
09/15/2010: Ryan from Morrison, Colorado replies: "I just got diagnosed as well. I'm told they can go in with a very mild surgery and seal off the extra electrical pathway potentially stopping it forever. He needs to see an electrophysiologist."
09/15/2010: Momof3 from New Haven, Connecticut replies: "I was diagnosed with WPW in my early 20's - I had the ablation (done by a cathater that went in through my leg and up to my heart) and haven't had any side effects since - I am active, play sports and gave birth to 3 babies and never had any trouble with arythmia. I would recommend having the procedure done - it's very quick recovery and then you don't have to worry about it any more. Good Luck!"
09/16/2010: Tahiti from Monroeville, Pa, United States Of America replies: "To MOMOF3, thank-you so much for your reply! I will make my grandson's parents aware of your post and they, along with him, can make their decision as to what they will do. Your reply is most encouraging! Tahiti"
09/16/2010: Tahiti from Monroeville, Pa, United States Of America replies: "Thanks Ryan. I'll let my grandson and family know about your post. Thanks again, for the encouragement! Tahiti"
09/16/2010: Stephanie from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I had heart arrythmias throughout my teens but was never diagnosed until 20 years old. I also had an ablation and then had another about a year later. I have not had any problems since. I am now 36."