When the heart works correctly, the chambers of the heart play along in perfect harmony.
In ventricular tachycardia, a misfire of your heart's electrical system throws the rhythm off.
A brief incident may pass in a few seconds and result in no symptoms or ill effects in patients with otherwise normal hearts.
However, in certain patients, symptoms can include:
In certain settings, ventricular tachycardia may be associated with sudden death: most often in abnormal hearts — such as those with a prior heart attack — but rarely can occur in normal hearts.
Medication: Many people respond well to drugs that regulate rhythm and prevent further episodes.
Cardiac ablation: In this procedure, heart tissue that may be causing the incorrect electrical impulses is destroyed.
Implants: For patients who are at risk for certain forms of ventricular tachycardia, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator can quickly restore normal rhythm and prevent death if the dangerous rhythm occurs.
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