Ventricular tachycardia (also known as VT or V-TACH) is a regular, faster-than-normal heart rate that begins in the heart's lower chambers. When the heart rate is extremely high or the ventricular tachycardia persists for more than a few seconds, it can cause fainting, unconsciousness or cardiac arrest and death.
The goals of treating ventricular tachycardia are to manage any underlying disease, which may improve or eliminate the abnormal heart rhythm, and prevent future episodes.
As a leader in diagnosis and treatment of ventricular tachycardia, Cleveland Clinic's section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing has produced a free downloadable overview and treatment guide for this arrhythmia. The guide includes information on the following:
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