Ventricular tachycardia is a very fast heart rate. It beats at a rate greater than 100 beats per minute. When the heart is moving this fast it is not able to properly fill with blood. It will decrease the amount of blood the heart pushes out to the body. If the rapid heart rate continues it can lead to low blood pressure,
heart failure, and death.
The signal for a heart beat normally comes from the SA node. Ventricular tachycardia happens when areas in the lower part of the heart send abnormal signals. The extra beats cause the very fast heart rate.
The abnormal signals are caused by damage to the heart muscle. The damage may be due to conditions like a
Factors that may increase your risk of ventricular tachycardia include:
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Ventricular tachycardia (VT). New York-Presbyterian Hospital website. Available at: http://www.nyp.org/library/134%257C231?l=en. Accessed September 27, 2019.
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