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How could ventricular tachycardia feel different from atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: No definite rules...

Can differentiate these 2 arrhythmia types, although ventricular tachycardia generally causes more severe symptoms such as chest pain, fainting and even a cardiac arrest.
Atrial tachycardia almost never causes cardiac arrest, although can be felt as palpitations with lightheadedness or difficulty breathing.

In brief: No definite rules...

Can differentiate these 2 arrhythmia types, although ventricular tachycardia generally causes more severe symptoms such as chest pain, fainting and even a cardiac arrest.
Atrial tachycardia almost never causes cardiac arrest, although can be felt as palpitations with lightheadedness or difficulty breathing.
Dr. Alisa Niksch
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Passing Out / Dying

Both cause palpitations, but ventricular tachycardia is more often than not unstable (causes low blood pressure).
This leads to passing out and/or dying. Vt is a serious arrhythmia, not to be confused with nonsustained VT (its less determined cousin) or pvcs [premature ventricular contractions] (wannabe vts). If sustained VT is present, a defibrillator is usually advised.

In brief: Passing Out / Dying

Both cause palpitations, but ventricular tachycardia is more often than not unstable (causes low blood pressure).
This leads to passing out and/or dying. Vt is a serious arrhythmia, not to be confused with nonsustained VT (its less determined cousin) or pvcs [premature ventricular contractions] (wannabe vts). If sustained VT is present, a defibrillator is usually advised.
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