Wide-complex tachycardia; V tach; Tachycardia – ventricular
Definition of Ventricular tachycardia
Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Ventricular tachycardia is a pulse rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row.
If the heart rate during a ventricular tachycardia episode is very fast or lasts longer than a few seconds. There may be symptoms such as:
Signs and tests
Treatment depends on the symptoms, and the type of heart disorder. Some people may not need treatment.
The outcome depends on the heart condition and symptoms.
Issam Mikati, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/6/2010