Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart rhythm conditions (electrophysiologists) have extensive experience in treating ventricular tachycardia and other arrhythmias.
The goals of ventricular tachycardia treatment include restoring your normal heart rhythm, regulating your heart rate and preventing blood clots. Your ventricular tachycardia treatment may include several options. Your treatment may also include treating an underlying condition that resulted in ventricular tachycardia, such as a heart attack or electrolyte disturbances.
Treatment may include:
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- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Doctors may implant an ICD under your skin below your collarbone. An ICD is a small device that sends electrical signals to your heart when your heart rate reaches a certain limit or goes very fast, to help regulate your heartbeat.
- Cardiac ablation. In cardiac ablation, doctors insert thin, flexible tubes (catheters) through blood vessels in your neck, arm or groin and thread them through your blood vessels to your heart. Doctors then apply heat (radiofrequency energy) through the catheters to destroy the abnormal heart tissue causing your condition.
- Pacemakers. Doctors may implant a small device (pacemaker) under your skin near your collarbone to help control and monitor your heart rhythm.
- Cardioversion. Doctors may use an electrical shock or drugs to restore your normal heart rhythm.
- Medications. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help slow your heart rate, regulate your heart rhythm or prevent blood clots.
- Follow-up care. You'll receive follow-up care from doctors and other staff to monitor your heart rate. You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.
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