What triggers ventricular tachycardia?
Known causes of ventricular tachycardia include: cardiomyopathy, which weakens the heart muscle. structural heart disease, which can be the result of heart damage from a previous heart attack. ischemic heart disease, which is caused by lack of blood flow to the heart.
Is ventricular tachycardia serious?
Ventricular tachycardia may be brief, lasting for only a few seconds, and perhaps not cause any symptoms. In some cases, ventricular tachycardia can cause your heart to stop (sudden cardiac arrest), which is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Is ventricular tachycardia curable?
An ICD helps your heart beat normally. In this procedure, doctors use heat to destroy abnormal heart tissue. This method treats the ventricular tachycardia and can cure it. In some cases, you might get medications to slow your heartbeat.
Is ventricular tachycardia rare?
Sustained ventricular tachycardia usually occurs in people with a structural heart disorder such as a heart attack, heart failure, or a cardiomyopathy. It is more common among older people. However, rarely, ventricular tachycardia develops in young people who do not have a structural heart disorder.