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Leading clinicians from Harvard Medical School recognized as Pioneers in their field, join forces with international charity to deliver virtual meeting to raise awareness and understanding of little-known heart rhythm condition


Boston, MA: Harvard Medical School heart rhythm specialist, Dr Leon Ptaszek, was recognized as an SVT Pioneer by international charity Arrhythmia Alliance earlier this year. He has now joined forces with the Arrhythmia Alliance to launch the first of a three part lecture series - a first of its kind, virtual educational event – Living with SVT. Accessed completely virtually, it means that anyone from across the globe can access the latest information on SVT from their home.

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), is a rapid abnormal heart rhythm that affects approximately two million people in the United States. Symptoms can include: palpitations, chest pain, light headedness, and dizziness. Although such symptoms may raise concern, cause anxiety and depression, in general, the majority of SVTs are not life-threatening.

Launching on November 4th, the first virtual event will be chaired by Dr. Leon Ptaszek of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Ptaszek’s clinical interests focus on the management of patients with heart rhythm disorders, and he performs catheter ablations to treat supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs). Earlier this year, Dr. Ptaszek was recognized as an A-A SVT Pioneer in a report produced by Arrhythmia Alliance which highlights best practice in SVT.

Speaking about the new SVT educational series, Founder & CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance, Trudie Lobban MBE, says: "We are pleased to be able to offer these important educational events for people living with SVT. The incredible opportunity to watch, listen, learn, and ask questions from the experts such as Dr Leon Ptaszek about SVT causes, diagnosis, management, and treatment is a first of its kind for those impacted by SVT. By hosting these sessions virtually, it means anyone in the world can access FREE OF CHARGE from the comfort of their own home."

Dr Ptaszek added “It is an honor to be recognized by Arrhythmia Alliance as a Pioneer in SVT and a privilege to be part of their new “Living with SVT” series for patients. By offering educational events virtually, we can really expand our support to patients beyond our clinics and improve awareness and understanding of this condition.”

For more information on this patient series and how to register for the free series, please visit:

For more information on A-A SVT Pioneers (click here to report)

Although access to the virtual event is complimentary, donations are welcomed here. Arrhythmia Alliance provides information, support, education and awareness for all those affected by SVT.


Notes to Editors

For an interview with Mrs. Trudie Lobban MBE and Dr Leon Ptaszek, please contact Samantha Oughtred:



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Arrhythmia Alliance

Arrhythmia Alliance is a collaboration of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and all those affected by or involved in the care of people with heart rhythm disorders including SVT, AF, syncope and sudden cardiac arrest.

A-A is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit

Dr. Leon Ptaszek of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Ptaszek received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and then completed fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Ptaszek is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and MGH.

His clinical interests focus on the management of patients with heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Ptaszek performs catheter ablations of supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).


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