Ventricular tachycardia care at Mayo Clinic

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At Mayo Clinic, an integrated team of health care providers works together to provide expert ventricular tachycardia care.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, an integrated team of doctors trained in heart conditions (cardiologists), heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) and heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists) works together to provide care for people with tachycardia. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota each offer a Heart Rhythm Clinic staffed by cardiologists trained in evaluating and treating heart rhythm disorders.

 

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic specialists use advanced mapping systems, including multielectrode mapping and 3D heart mapping, to treat tachycardia and other heart rhythm disorders.

Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers that can perform cardiac MRI on people with existing pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to more accurately diagnose and treat ventricular tachycardia.

Seeing inside the heart with MRI

Watch how a cardiac MRI uses still or moving pictures to show blood flow through the heart.

Vivien Williams: One out of four, that's how many people will die of a heart related problem. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are trying to improve those statistics. They're using MRIs to look inside the heart to find disease and tailor treatment to keep people healthier longer.

MRI technician: You can breathe. Breathe normal.

Vivien Williams: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, allows doctors to look inside the heart as it beats.

Brian Shapiro, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist: You can see here, this is the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber that pushes blood out of the body.

Vivien Williams: Dr. Brian Shapiro uses MRI to look for abnormalities in the heart.

Brian Shapiro, M.D.: What the MRI does is it looks at the tissue characteristics of the heart. So, swelling of the heart is a very common thing in heart attacks, and infections, and things like that.

Vivien Williams: The moving or still images show exactly where damage happens.

Brian Shapiro, M.D.: You would see it as a very bright, bright spot in the heart.

Vivien Williams: In addition to damage from heart attack or infection, MRI can also show Dr. Shapiro how well the heart pumps, where irregular heart beats originate, the location of blood clots, artery blockages, scar tissue, or even tumors. Because MRI allows doctors to see more detail of the heart, they can make more accurate diagnoses, and therefore tailor treatment for patients.

Brian Shapiro, M.D.: As you can actually show where the heart attack is, and the extent of the heart attack.

Vivien Williams: Images that tell Dr. Shapiro if a patient will recover, if there's permanent damage, and what treatments might be best. Information from inside the heart that can help Dr. Shapiro and his colleagues better help their patients. Dr. Shapiro says while MRI can show lots of information about the heart, it does not replace other tests such as stress tests or echo cardiograms. It's another option for looking inside the heart. For Medical Edge, I'm Vivien Williams.

Innovative research

Mayo Clinic researchers have developed several innovations in tachycardia care and study ways to improve tachycardia outcomes. You may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial as part of your care at Mayo Clinic. Read more about research in the Cardiovascular Research Center.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

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Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine departments are consistently recognized by external organizations for providing outstanding patient care. These endorsements reinforce our commitment to providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons have extensive experience diagnosing and treating arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia. Each year, Mayo Clinic care providers treat nearly 4,000 people with ventricular tachycardia.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Mayo Clinic is also recognized for high-quality cardiology and heart surgery subspecialty care, research and education by a variety of national organizations:

  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography. Mayo Clinic has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography in the areas of adult transthoracic, adult transesophageal and adult stress echocardiography. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has also been accredited in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cardiac catheterization.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Feb. 02, 2022