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Heart: Ventricular Tachycardia


Regular treatment of ventricular tachycardia includes medications to slow the heart rate. High-risk patients are treated with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). This device, which is inserted under the skin of the chest like a pacemaker, senses irregular rhythms and automatically shocks the heart back into normal rhythm.

Catheter ablation is also being used to interrupt the faulty pathways that cause ventricular tachycardia. Until recently, doctors could not pinpoint these tachycardias well enough to ablate them. With new technology,most ventricular tachycardias can be accurately mapped enabling treatment.

Patients should consult with their physician on the appropriate treatment options and associated risks and benefits.