Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

Synonyms: 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

Symptoms

Palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, chest discomfort

Sudden cardiac death

Treatment

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 5 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea and Rokeby. 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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0439 195 660
Derwent Park
  • Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS

  • 62728869
Huonville
  • Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS
  • 62642800
Oatlands
  • Midlands Multipurpose Health, 13 Church Street, Oatlands, TAS
  • 61350540
Swansea
  • Swansea General Practice: 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS
  • 62578205
Rokeby
  • Knopwood Medical Centre: 46 South Arm Road, Rokeby, TAS
  • 62471019

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