Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles.
Wide-complex tachycardia; V tach; Tachycardia - ventricular
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.
The condition can develop as an early or late complication of a
- Heart failure
- Heart surgery
Myocarditis Valvular heart disease
Ventricular tachycardia can occur without heart disease.
Scar tissue may form in the muscle of the ventricles days, months, or years after a heart attack. This can lead to ventricular tachycardia.
Ventricular tachycardia can also be caused by:
- Anti-arrhythmic medications
- Changes in
blood chemistry(such as a low potassium level)
- Changes in pH (acid-base)
- Lack of enough oxygen
"Torsade de pointes" is a form of ventricular tachycardia that is often due to
Review Date: 05/06/2010
Reviewed By: 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.