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Ventricular Tachycardia

Alternate Names : V Tach

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

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment will vary, depending on the underlying disorder that causes the VT. Some options include:

  • anti-arrhythmic medicines, such as lidocaine, procainamide, or amiodarone
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR
  • oxygen
  • surgery to implant a device that delivers shocks to the heart when VT occurs
  • synchronized cardioversion, a procedure that delivers a shock to the heart in order to produce a more normal rhythm
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Shocks to the heart may cause new arrhythmias. In some cases, shocks may cause the heart to stop beating entirely. Medicines for VT may cause allergic reactions, stomach upset, and other arrhythmias. Surgery may cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    If ventricular tachycardia is successfully treated, the person may return to normal activities. He or she may be advised to limit the intake of caffeine and other stimulants. Underlying conditions, such as coronary heart disease, may require lifestyle changes and further treatment.

    How is the condition monitored?

    People with VT that causes symptoms need to be followed closely. They will need regular EKGs, blood tests, and other diagnostic studies. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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

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