The mnemonic “ABCDE” amazingly outlines a strategic treatment approach for supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Each letter represents a distinct pharmacological and clinical intervention—Adenosine, Beta-blockers, Calcium channel antagonists, Digoxin, and Excitation (vagal stimulation)—which collectively guide medical professionals in efficiently managing SVT episodes. This medical mnemonic serves as a valuable memory tool for healthcare professionals to streamline therapeutic decisions, restore normal heart rhythm, and alleviate symptoms associated with SVT, thereby enhancing patient care and outcomes.
SVT Treatment Mnemonic
|Slows conduction through the AV node, terminating reentry circuits.
|Reduces heart rate and contractility through beta-adrenergic blockade.
|Calcium channel antagonist
|Blocks calcium influx, slowing AV node conduction and reducing heart rate.
|Increases vagal tone and slows AV conduction, reducing heart rate.
|Excitation (vagal stimulation)
|Activates the vagus nerve, leading to decreased heart rate and AV conduction.
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