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Ventricular Tachycardia

Alternate Names : V Tach

Ventricular Tachycardia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

VT usually comes on suddenly and cannot be prevented. Future episodes of VT may be avoided by treating the underlying disorder. Individuals with a history of VT should limit intake of caffeine. Cocaine and methamphetamines should be avoided.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

If VT is untreated, it may cause serious long-term effects:

  • cardiac arrest
  • coma
  • congestive heart failure, a condition in which the weakened heart is unable to pump enough blood throughout the body
  • death
  • shock
  • What are the risks to others?

    Ventricular tachycardia is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Ventricular Tachycardia: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Susan Woods, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 07/31/01

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