Ventricular Tachycardias

Ventricular Tachycardias Ankara

Tachycardia, which is known as heart palpitations, can occur for many reasons. Palpitations can develop in any healthy person after sports, exercise or intense excitement. This is completely normal and a natural response of the heart to increased workload. However, palpitations that occur for no reason are generally considered pathological and these are called “tachycardia” in medical language. If the tachycardia originates from the ventricles of the heart, these are called ventricular tachycardias.

The ventricles of the heart are called ventricles in medical language, and therefore the palpitations or tachycardias coming out of them are also called “ventricular tachycardia”. Such rhythm disorders are called VT for short. Ventricular tachycardias are rhythm disturbances that can be of vital importance. In the rest of our article, you can find more information about ventricular tachycardia; For detailed information about the treatment, you can contact clinic of Prof. Basri Amasyalı in Ankara.

What is Tachycardia (Palpitation)?

Tachycardia is the name given to the heart beating faster than normal for various reasons. People can experience heart palpitations for many reasons in daily life. Particularly after intense exercise, during emotional reactions or due to stress, people can experience frequent palpitations. These are usually normal attacks that do not require any treatment. Pathological tachycardia is defined as a heart rhythm above 100 per minute for no apparent reason.

What are the Types of Tachycardia (Palpitation)?

As we mentioned above, it is not correct to call every tachycardia as “rhythm disorder”. Sometimes psychological disorders, intense stress and intense training can also cause temporary heart palpitations. Emotional crises such as psychological disorders and panic attacks can be confused with rhythm disorders. Tachycardias that develop due to exercise, stress and emotional state are called “sinus tachycardia“. Sinus tachycardia is usually temporary and does not require special treatment. In sinus tachycardia, the heart’s center, that is, the “sinus node”, which generates normal impulses, creates a high-speed warning. In tachycardias formed on the basis of arrhythmia, the center that generates extra stimuli is not the “sinus node”. Abnormal foci are formed in the atria or ventricles of the heart, and the person begins to experience tachycardia attacks because these places give extra stimulation. Therefore, the patient with palpitations should rest very carefully. After determining the underlying causes and performing some examinations, the diagnosis of “rhythm disorder” can be easily made. Ventricular tachycardia and supraventricular tachycardias are at the forefront of palpitations that we can call rhythm disorders.

What is Ventricular Tachycardia?

Ventricular tachycardia (VT), as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, is rhythm disorders originating from the ventricles of the heart. This type of rhythm disorder is also called VT for short. Over time, damage occurs in the ventricles of the heart due to heart attacks or other reasons. After a while, these damaged areas can cause a rhythm disorder to develop in the person. The patients with ventricular tachycardia often complain of sudden onset of high heart rate and palpitations for no apparent reason. In a normal individual, the resting heart rate is between 60 and 80 per minute. In patients with VT, this number suddenly rises to 150-250 levels.

What are the Symptoms of Ventricular Tachycardia?

Ventricular tachycardia, like other types of tachycardia, is a disorder characterized by heart palpitations. In addition to the extreme palpitation felt, the symptoms such as;

  • Chest tightness,
  • Difficulty in breathing, and
  • Dizziness and fainting can also be seen.

Ventricular tachycardia can sometimes last for a very short time. For this reason, although rare, the patient cannot feel anything and the disease cannot cause symptoms for a long time.

What is the Risk of Ventricular Tachycardias?

VTs, unlike SVTs, are a group of life-threatening rhythm disorders. Because ventricular tachycardias are rhythm disorders originating from the ventricles of the heart; therefore, ventricular tachycardias are much more dangerous than SVTs. A patient with VT should immediately go to a cardiologist with experience in rhythm disorder for control and treatment.

Who Gets Ventricular Tachycardia?

Ventricular tachycardia can occur in anyone and in any age group. There is no single reason. It can develop due to many reasons, from genetic factors to the person’s special habits. We can list the diseases that cause VT as follows:

  • Genetic factors: Genetic-based diseases such as Brugada Syndrome, short QT syndrome, Long QT syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathies (see cardiomyoapti section)
  • Damages due to heart attacks
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, consuming plenty of caffeinated beverages
  • Drug use
  • Side effects of some drugs

Ankara Ventricular Tachycardia Treatment

Treatment of ventricular tachycardia is a vital treatment and should be treated with seriousness, in the smallest detail. The appropriate treatment method should be determined by considering the age of the patient, whether there are different diseases and general health status. Most patients require a multi-treatment approach, consisting of rhythm-regulating drug treatment, ablation treatment, and in some cases, battery (ICD) treatment. To get more detailed information about ventricular tachycardia treatment in Ankara, you can call the clinic of Prof. Basri Amasyalı in Ankara and make an appointment.

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