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I have had low level palpatations with some pain.

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I have had low level palpatations with some pain but shortness of breath in upper left chest, can WPW come back or the area be damaged?

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Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a rare condition in which patients experience sudden, unexpected, racing heartbeat and is caused by abnormal extra electrical pathways within the heart muscle wall.  Those who have this problem may experience symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, fainting or, rarely, cardiac arrest. Medications can be used to control symptoms but the main curative treatment these days is radiofrequency ablation in which catheter wires are used to reach and destroy the focus of abnormal electrical activity within the heart muscle wall. If the symptoms are of a low level you may wish to try medications first, but if this is unsuccessful then it is likely that repeat ablation will be needed to resolve this.

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