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Handstands: a treatment for supraventricular tachycardia?
  1. Michelle Hare,
  2. Shammi Ramlakhan
  1. Emergency Department, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michelle Hare, Emergency Department, Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Western Bank, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2TH, UK; michellehare{at}


Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common symptomatic tachyarrhythmia in childhood. Treatment involves vagal manoeuvres, pharmacological agents or electrical cardioversion. We report a child with recurrent SVT secondary to Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome who is consistently able to revert her SVT by doing a handstand. This case highlights a simple non-invasive technique for the treatment of SVT.

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Cardiology
  • Paediatric Practice

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