Management of acute paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in pregnancy

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1991 Jan;91(1):51-2, 57, 61-2.


The treatment of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) in pregnancy is not unlike treatment for the general population. The physician should feel confident that the pharmacologic agents ordinarily used to treat this common problem in the general population are safe for both mother and fetus when administered under monitored conditions. In treating paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in pregnancy, when both vagal maneuvers and exhaustive medical therapy fail, synchronized, direct-current cardioversion is a safe and effective form of treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Electric Countershock
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Supraventricular / therapy*
  • Valsalva Maneuver


  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents