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Ventricular Tachycardia

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by Vann M

Risk Factors

The following factors may increase your chance of ventricular tachycardia:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • History of heart attacks
  • Heart abnormalities (eg, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse , valvular heart disease, ion channel disorders)
  • Diagnosis of electrical instability
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Beginning treatment for hypothyroidism
  • Use of certain medicines (eg, digitalis, antipsychotics, anti-arrhythmic drugs)
  • Extreme physical or emotional overstimulation
  • Low oxygen levels in the blood
  • Very high levels of acid in bodily fluids (eg, due to kidney disease or diabetes)
  • Stimulants (eg, caffeine, cocaine , alcohol )
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Artery plaque
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In an emergency situation, CPR or a defibrillator may be required.
Other treatment options may include:
If other approaches fail, an automatic defibrillator will be inserted into the heart to deliver shocks as needed to keep the heart rate steady.


American Heart Association

Heart Rhythm Society



Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada



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Ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. New York-Presbyterian Hospital website. Available at: Accessed September 5, 2012.


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