Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW)

Your Path

  • Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW)


  • By-pass tract connecting atria to ventricle
  • Can conduct impulses antegrade (atria--> ventricle) or retrograde (ventricle--> atria)

Risk Factors

  • Can present in teenage years or older
  • Develop for unknown reasons
  • Also unclear as to what triggers them to become functional


  • Palpitations, awareness of racing heart, SOB, chest discomfort
  • Lightheadedness, presyncope or syncope

Physical Exam Findings

  • Can have very rapid rates, 150-250