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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Ventricular Tachycardia (Overview)

Abnormal fast rhythm from the large chambers of the heart which can be life threatening if sustained.


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Does coronary artery disease directly cause ventricular tachycardia or is it after heart attacks and damage etc?

Does coronary artery disease directly cause ventricular tachycardia or is it after heart attacks and damage etc?

Both: Myocardial infarction (heart attack) and scarring of the heart can lead to arrhythmias. Also, if coronary artery disease (CAD) causes impairment in flow of blood, ischemia may lead to arrhythmias. However, not all arrhythmias are due to CAD or mi. ...Read more

Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
114 Doctors shared insights

Ventricular Tachycardia (Overview)

Abnormal fast rhythm from the large chambers of the heart which can be life threatening if sustained.


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Doc, I want to know what is the best way to treat nonsustained ventricular tachycardia?

Doc, I want to know what is the best way to treat nonsustained ventricular tachycardia?

Nonsustained VT: Best way is to see a cardiologist and get worked up for diagnosis and cause of the nonsustained VT and then discuss the findings and recommendations with the dr. Who has information specific to you. Not as simple as you hope. ...Read more

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Managing Supraventricular Tachycardia (Checklist)

For episode, try holding your breath and bearing down (valsalva)
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During an episode, lie down with your head and heart at the same level
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Supra ventricular tachycardia should you treat it?

Supra ventricular tachycardia should you treat it?

Determine cause: May not need tr after determin the etioolgy. ...Read more

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My father 70yr, diagnosed ventricular bigeminy. Is it dangerous? Can amiodarone help controlling it? Treatment options for ventricular tachycardia?

My father 70yr, diagnosed ventricular bigeminy. Is it dangerous? Can amiodarone help controlling it? Treatment options for ventricular tachycardia?

Depends: The underlying cause for the rythm needs to be worked up and treated. If all correctable conditions are fixed., then eps may be indicated and ablation if reasonable. A defibrillator if poor heart function. Otherwise amio is reasonable but has its issues. It can affect the lungs, liver and thyroid to mention a few. Close monitoring is reccomended. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for people with ventricular tachycardia? How serious is ventricular tachycardia, and what kind of treatment is available?

Variable: Vt has a wide spectrum of severity. Some kinds cause no symptoms and are benign and others deteriorate rapidly to ventricular fibrillation and cause death. In the setting of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (your other question), VT is more serious and may require placement of an icd. Icds have been shown to greatly improve prognosis. ...Read more

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Ventricular tachycardia is what?

Ventricular tachycardia is what?

See below: Normal heart rhythm arises in specialized cells within the right atrium called the sinus node and then is propagated over specialized conducting tissue into both ventricles. When an irritable focus in a ventricle begins firing independently repeatedly or in a repetitive loop, initiating it's own renegade rhythm at a rapid rate, it's called ventricular (where it starts) tachycardia (rate >100). ...Read more

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What is ventricular tachycardia?

What is ventricular tachycardia?

See details: This is a rapid heartbeat which originates in the ventricles of the heart. This can be potentially life-threatening because it may lead to ventricular fibrillation. ...Read more

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Ventricular tachycardia managment?

Ventricular tachycardia managment?

Ep: This is a serious condition and you must see an electrophysiologist. If normal heart, it is possible at your age to manage with medication but often can have an ablation and cure it. ...Read more

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How to control ventricular tachycardia?

How to control ventricular tachycardia?

Ventricular tachy: There are lots of options-medications or ablation. If are asking as a patient, I would sit down with an electrophysiologist and discuss. The treatment has to be individualized. If you are asking for education, there are lots of online free materials available. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with ventricular tachycardia?

Can I exercise with ventricular tachycardia?

Get treated first: Ventricular tachycardia, if that is what you have, is a serious matter and you should get it treated before embarking upon exercise. ...Read more

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What are some signs of ventricular tachycardia?

What are some signs of ventricular tachycardia?

No specific signs: You can not determine if an abnormal heart rhythm is due to VT by how it feels. Vt is, by definition, a fast heart beat so people may feel pounding in their chest. Depending on the rate, they may become dizzy, short of breath, have chest pain, get sweaty and/or pass out. None of these symptoms are specific for vt. The rhythm must be recorded on ekg or on a monitor for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of ventricular tachycardia bad?

Are the symptoms of ventricular tachycardia bad?

Ventricular tachy: Not always but some ventricular tachycardia episodes could be dangerous it depends on the type and several other factors ...Read more

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What exactly is "persistent ventricular tachycardia"?

Life threatening: Ventricular tachcardia is a life threatening arrythmia. Its the rythm that needs to be "shocked". The pts in persistent v-tach is when shocking or medicine doesn't restore normal sinus rythm. The pt usually expire. ...Read more

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How do you treat ventricular tachycardia and long q-t syndrome?

How do you treat ventricular tachycardia and long q-t syndrome?

VT, long QT: As usual this is far too complcated for the space here. You need an etiologic diagnosis for the arrhythmia and an estimate of the type of long QT syndrome present. There are several genotypes of long QT. Once this is done, there are drugs, electrophysiologic testing/therapy and device therapy all possible as well as anatomic or physiologic therapy depending on what is thought to be the cause ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ventricular tachycardia?

What is the definition or description of: ventricular tachycardia?

Abnormal fast rhythm: Abnormal fast rhythm from the large chambers of the heart which can be life threatening if sustained. ...Read more

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What's the life expectency of some one who has ventricular tachycardia?

What's the life expectency of some one who has ventricular tachycardia?

Depends: Ventricular tachycardia in the presence of structural hear disease is at risk of sudden death. However V Tach in a normal heart or without underlying heart disease is benign. It can cause palpitation but the risk of death is low. It often originates in the right side of the heart and can be treated with medicine or cured by ablation ...Read more

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What to do if I have ventricular tachycardia and keep almost blacking out, should I worry?

Ventricular tachycar: You should be seen by a cardiologist for evaluation and treatment without delay if you legitimately have VT and near syncope or syncope. ...Read more

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How does ventricular tachycardia kill you?

Ventricular: Not all are dangerous. But some are. In these cases your heart may go into ventricular fibrillation and your heart stops popping blood to your body. Or, in some rare cases, especially you have an additional problem such as weak heart muscle, ventricular tachycardia can kill you. Electrophysiology docs like my self can differentiate ones with risk from none risky ones. ...Read more

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Can ventricular tachycardia cause blackout?

Yes: Black-outs (or syncope) are often caused by transient reductions in blood flow to the brain from a variety of causes. With ventricular tachycardia, the abnormal rhythm may be associated with a reduction in cardiac output and a temporary reduction in brain blood flow that can lead to syncope. ...Read more

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What causes pulseless ventricular tachycardia?

Not really pulseless: When VT occurs at a fast enough rate, there is inadequate time for ventricular filling, cardiac output falls, and blood pressure falls. You may not be able to palpate a pulse but an arterial line would show a waveform that is reduced in amplitude. Rate is the key. As tissue perfusion fails, acidosis, hypoxemia and hyperkalemia result leading to ventricular fibrillation and death. ...Read more

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Do people with ventricular tachycardia have a lot of pain?

Do people with ventricular tachycardia have a lot of pain?

No/That's a problem!: Ventricular tachycardia is one of the most life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. It can be associated with angina, but I am sure many doctors here have been called urgently to a hospital patient's bedside with v-tach much to the inquisitive look of the patient as they are wheeled urgently to intensive care for more careful monitoring and treatment. So no, not generally, but it is serious. ...Read more

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What test/s detect fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia? What causes them? :/

What test/s detect fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia? What causes them? :/

EKG typically or: If it happens intermittently, your doctor may prescribe an event monitor or holter monitor, which is a device that you wear at home and can detect cardiac arrhythmias. The most common cause is coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What's the difference between supraventricular thachycardia and ventricular tachycardia?

Everything: Svt arises in the atria (the upper chambers) and VT arises in the ventricles (lower chambers). Svt often occurs in otherwise healthy hearts and is annoying but only rarely serious. Vt usually arises in diseased hearts, can be serious, and sometimes is life-threatening. Vt in the setting of a heart attack or acute coronary syndrome is very dangerous. ...Read more

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If someone had angina from a quick BP drop but stabilizes will it cause damage or cause ventricular tachycardia?

If someone had angina from a quick BP drop but stabilizes will it cause damage or cause ventricular tachycardia?

No permanent injury: If the angina was caused by the blood pressure drop (caused, for example, by a medication), and it resolved (and the heart rhythm was normal) when the blood pressure returned to norma, l it is unlikely it caused permanent damage. However, if the angina was the cause of the blood pressure drop, that would be more concerning. Either way, this needs to be carefully evaluated by a doc. ...Read more

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Scared of ventricular tachycardia. Who would need an implanted defib?

It depends: Some types of ventricular tachycardia can be modified or even eliminated with a procedure called an electrophysiologic study. Other types may be more complex and warrant long term medication or an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator. You should have yourself checked by a cardiologist that specializes in arrhythmias (an electrophysiologist) as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Supra ventricular tachycardia should you treat it?

Determine cause: May not need tr after determin the etioolgy. ...Read more