Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

Other name: VT

Basic overview

VT represents a group of ‘electrical short-circuits’ originating in the bottom chambers of the heart. This causes an abnormally fast heart rhythm that may lead to black-outs (syncope) or sudden cardiac death


Palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, chest discomfort

Sudden cardiac death


Treatment is dependent on the type and location of the VT

Medications are a back-bone of therapy and include: beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers or amiodarone

Implantable cardiac defibrillators may be required if the VT is prolonged (>30 seconds), associated with severe symptoms (black-outs), or sometimes as a preventative if a patient is at very high risk (severe heart failure)

Ablation: this involves an electrophysiological (EP) study to identify the abnormal electrical tissue, then using radiofrequency ablation the area is burnt therefore disrupting the pathway

Our Locations

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Cardiology Tasmania has 3 specialist centres located in Howrah, Derwent Park and Huonville. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.

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Derwent Park

Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
  • Stress echocardiograms
  • Holter monitors
Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
Outreach Medical Group Building 250 Clarence Street, Howrah

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

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