A Clinical Study at Riverside Clinical Research: Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT)

Do you suffer from Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) and think you might be interested in participating in a clinical study about PSVT? PSVT clinical trials are currently being scheduled by the medical and research professionals at Riverside Clinical Research, which is conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater, Florida.

An award-winning research facility that has earned a stellar reputation for clinical research trial trendsetting, Riverside Clinical Research is considered one this area’s best medical research facilities. Riverside Clinical Research can support up to 26 in-house patients and a large number of outpatients; and its doctors and experienced research professionals work closely with clinical trial volunteers to monitor and assess the benefits and effectiveness of certain treatment. 

You can call the professionals at Riverside Clinical Research at 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn more; or email your questions to info@riversideclinicalresearch.com. You can also become more familiar with Riverside Clinical Research and the clinical studies it conducts by accessing the Riverside Clinical Research patient portal at riversideclinicalresearch.com. 

Accessing the Riverside Clinical Research patient portal is easy. It appears right on the Riverside Clinical Research homepage. Where it says, “Participate in our clinical research,” simply click on the bar labeled “Visit our patient site.” Once you do that, you can also click on “Enroll now” at the top of the page to receive upcoming information about the study of your choice.

Choosing to volunteer for clinical studies can come with a host of benefits. Riverside Clinical Research volunteers not only aid in the development of significant breakthroughs in healthcare, they gain access to medical treatments before they are made available to the general public. These treatments are free of charge during Riverside Clinical Research studies, and there is no insurance required.

What IS required is that you will have to qualify for participation in the study, so let’s talk about PSVT. How do you know if you suffer from it? 

When a person suffers from Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT), otherwise known as arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm or a fast heart rate, they experience episodes of a rapid heart rate that originates above the ventricles. Although PSVT is generally not life threatening, it can be serious in certain situations.

How do you know if a rapid heart rate or the frequency at which you experience an increased heart rate might be dangerous? PSVT has the potential to be dangerous if other heart problems are present, as it can lead to congestive heart failure or angina.

If you only experience PSVT once in a while and have no other heart issues, you may not need treatment, but it is wise to consult and make that decision with your healthcare provider. You should seek medical attention if you experience signs of poor blood circulation, such as lightheadedness, dizziness or feeling faint, as well as anxiety, fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, a rapid pulse or a forceful neck pulse accompanied by an accelerated heart rate or if you also have another existing heart problem. You should also contact a medical professional if you have an abnormally high heart rate for an extended period of time or if you experience an increased heart rate often. 

When the heart is functioning normally, the chambers of the heart contract in tandem. An electrical signal moves through the upper heart chamber. This causes the atria to contract. Then that electrical signal progresses down into the lower heart chambers, resulting in ventricle contraction. As a result, the heart rate of a normally functioning heart is 60 to 100 beats per minute.

During a PSVT episode, heart rates can escalate to over 100 beats per minute and as high as approximately 250 beats per minute. A PSVT episode can last from a few minutes to several hours and can stop and start suddenly. 

So how do we protect ourselves against PSVT? There are several things you can do that may help. Those who use illicit drugs or smoke may be placing themselves at an increased risk for PSVT, so you should avoid smoking and illicit drug use. Alcohol and caffeine can also play a part in increasing your risk for PSVT. So try to keep your alcohol and caffeine consumption to a minimum. 

There are also some things you can do during a PSVT episode to try to slow your accelerated heart rate: Splash ice cold water on your face, cough while sitting with your body bent forward, or hold your breath while straining as if you were having a bowel movement. If you have a history of PSVT and you cannot alleviate your PSVT episode by using any of these techniques, you should consult a physician. 

An ECG or electrocardiogram is often used for detection and accurate diagnosis of PSVT. Because PSVT doesn’t occur in a constant state, a Holter monitor – which is an ambulatory electrocardiography device that allows for 24-hour portable monitoring – is often used.

If heart mapping indicates an abnormal tract or short circuits are found, high frequency radio waves can be used as an emergency treatment to slow the heart back to a normal rate and attempt to prevent future PSVT episodes. Intravenous medicine, such as Adenosine, is also known to produce desired results. If intravenous medication does not work and low blood pressure, chest pain or shortness of breath accompany a heightened heart rate, electric shock can also be used to reset the heart’s electrical rhythm to a regular rate.

Common methods for long-term treatment of PSVT include daily medication or calcium channel blockers, beta blockers or other antiarrhythmic medications and cardiac ablation, a procedure used to destroy the small areas surrounding the heart that may be causing the rapid heartbeat. 

PSVT clinical research and the findings that are uncovered within the PSVT clinical trial process are vital to advancement of PSVT prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control. If you would like to do your part to help improve your life and the lives of other people who are affected by PSVT, please contact Riverside Clinical Research.