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Ventricular Tachycardia-Naughty Rhythms From Your Heart

VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIAVentricular Tachycardia (aka “V-Tach”) is a fast, regular heart rhythm which originates from the ventricles, in the lower half of your heart.

In Ventricular Tachycardia, the heart beats too fast and the ventricles cannot pump oxygen-rich blood effectively to the rest of the body.

If left untreated, some forms of V-Tach may get worse and lead to Ventricular Fibrillation, which can be life-threatening.

Causes of Ventricular Tachycardia 

  • In most cases, V-Tach is caused by an underlying heart disease such as Coronary Artery Disease Heart Failure or a history of a prior heart attack. 
  • It occasionally happens after heart surgery
  • Some medications, such are those used to control other abnormal heart rhythms
  • Low potassium levels and other electrolyte imbalances
  • Nonprescription (over the counter) decongestants or herbal remedies (especially those containing “ma huang” or “ephedra”),
  • Diet pills, and “pep” pills, which often contain stimulants
  • Illegal drugs (stimulants like Cocaine

Symptoms of Ventricular Tachycardia 

  • Palpitations (you can feel your heart beating rapidly or irregularly)
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Near-fainting or fainting (syncope)
  • Weak pulse or no pulse

The danger of this heart rhythm is that if it lasts more than a few seconds, it can turn into Ventricular Fibrillation, which can result in sudden death. 

caution signTreatment Of V-Tach

If you’re having symptoms and your heart rate is continually above-average fast, it is a medical emergency.

 ➡ You’ll require treatment immediately.

 ➡ You may need CPR or a shock from an automatic defibrillator (also known as an AED).

 ➡ Paramedics or your doctor may try intravenous medicines or electrical cardioversion to return your heart to a normal rhythm.

Precautions

 ➡ Call emergency services immediately if you have palpitations, dizziness, near-fainting, or chest pain

 ➡ Check with your doctor before changing your diet. If you want to lose weight, do not use diets that rely on a liquid-based program or a high-protein regimen. These diets can affect the concentrations of electrolytes in your blood. This can, in turn, cause problems with your heart

 ➡ Ask your doctor when you can drive again

If you’ve had an episode of ventricular tachycardia your doctor may recommend that you don’t drive a car for a few months. It could be unsafe if you have another episode of  V-Tach.

If you get an ICD implanted, you will not drive for at least a few days.

 

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