Other Arrhythmias


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply to the referral standards and also include:

  • Cardiac risk factor assessment

For supraventricular tachycardia:

  • Rate and pattern of pulse
  • Constant or intermittent
  • TIA's/stroke – past or present
  • Associated symptoms – angina, SOB
  • Current and past medications

NB: Ventricular tachycardia is an emergency and needs immediate referral to ED via ambulance.

For palpitations:

  • History of episodes is essential
  • Impact on functioning
  • Medications trialled and results of trial
  • Success of vagal manoeuvres


  • U&Es, creatinine
  • Liver function
  • Fasting lipids
  • Blood glucose
  • Thyroid function
  • ECG

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Cardiology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Management of co-morbidities is recommended.

Direct link to Health Pathways Palpitations page.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.


Acute symptomatic SVT

Semi-urgent / category 2

Brief frequent symptoms

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Additional Resources

Article - Initial Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489


Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within one week, or sooner if clinically indicated.


We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks


Next available appointment usually within eight weeks