Ventricular tachycardia is different for everyone, and we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. While creating a treatment plan for you, we take into account the severity of your condition, any co-existing heart problems and your personal preferences. For long-term VT management, we might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Medication and Modification
Antiarrhythmic drug therapy uses medication to slow down an irregularly fast heartbeat and restore it to a normal rhythm. Typical medical therapy includes beta-blockers, amiodarone, sotalol and mexiletine. All medications do have the risk of side effects, which can be serious and should be prescribed by heart rhythm specialists.
Being an advocate for your own health is a huge first step in living a healthier life. For those who have an arrhythmia like ventricular tachycardia, there are lifestyle changes that can help you manage your condition, such as:
- Diet: Eat food that are low in salt and fat, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Exercise: Introduce exercise into your daily life or increase your current physical activity, if you can.
- Quit smoking: If you smoke, quitting is important for maintaining heart health. If can't quit on your own, UChicago Medicine can help you. We also offer smoking cessation programs for those who qualify.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Monitor your weight because excess body weight can put you at risk for developing heart disease.
- Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol: Take blood pressure or cholesterol medication as prescribed to avoid heart-related conditions that are caused by high blood pressure (hypertension) or high cholesterol.
- Drink alcohol in moderation: If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
- Maintain follow-up care: Take your medications as prescribed and attend regular follow-up appointments with your doctor. Tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
Ablation is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a specially designed catheter through the leg and into the heart. During ablation, the catheter is used to locate the arrhythmia source, which is then eliminated using extreme cold, laser technology or radiofrequency. Our highly skilled expert team offers comprehensive ablation management. Read more about our expert ablation services.
Cardioversion normalizes irregular heartbeats by delivering small pulses of electrical current to the heart through electrodes (patches or paddles) placed on the chest. A small amount of electricity is used to reestablish a regular heart rhythm.
Implantable devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, are mechanical devices that are placed under a patient's skin to monitor and correct irregular heartbeats. We offer a full range of implantable devices to manage heart rhythm disorders and will work with our patients to determine which option would be best for their individual needs. Learn more about our implantable device services
Hybrid Ventricular Tachycardia Procedure
If you have persistent ventricular tachycardia, UChicago Medicine offers a hybrid procedure that that combines catheter ablation with robotic heart surgery for unparalleled success for complex VT.
The first procedure delivers highly targeted catheter ablation by threading a catheter through a large vein in the leg or groin into the heart. Then radiofrequency energy is delivered to destroy the defective tissue that is causing the arrhythmia. Subsequently the scar tissue surround the heart can be safety dissected robotically so we can find the exact source(s) of the arrhythmia and eliminate it. This two-part procedure works to stabilize heartbeats for extreme cases of VT.
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Telemedicine at UChicago Medicine
For your convenience and safety, we offer secure and easy virtual visits for most non-urgent visit types. Our care providers can assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis, recommend treatment and send prescriptions to your pharmacy.
Whether you are facing a complex health issue or difficult treatment decision, getting a second opinion can help you make an informed decision about your care. Get an online second opinion from one of our experts without having to leave home.
You can also make an appointment with our providers by:
– Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home
– Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists
– Filling out an online questionnaire (e-visit) to get a same-day diagnosis and treatment for common conditions.
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
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