Ventricular Tachycardia Treatment
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How to Treat Ventricular Tachycardia
A doctor may recommend any of the following treatments:
- In an emergency situation, CPR or a defibrillator may be required.
- Drugs to lower the heart rate, such as lidocaine, procainamide, and amiodarone, may be given.
- A doctor may prescribe beta-blockers to manage High Blood Pressure.
- Open heart surgery or radiofrequency ablation may be necessary to remove any structural abnormalities identified by the ECG. For radiofrequency ablation, a small electrode catheter is placed in the heart. It will destroy the abnormalities using specific energy frequencies.
- If other approaches fail, an automatic defibrillator will be inserted into the heart-much like a pacemaker -to deliver shocks as needed to keep the heart rate steady. This has been shown to be the most effective management for patients with severe Arrhythmias or who had been revived after sudden cardiac death.
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