Ventricular Tachycardia

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At the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center, we offer comprehensive care for ventricular tachycardia and all types of arrhythmias, including ventricular fibrillation.

Our innovative treatment approaches include some of the most advanced options available today, including 3D imaging for ventricular tachycardia. 

V-Tach and V-Fib Causes

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There are a number of potential causes of ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation:

  • Heart attack 
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart muscle weakening
  • Heart surgery complications
  • Inability of heart to pump blood (heart failure)
  • Certain medications
  • Certain types of valve disease (v-tach only)
  • Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease (v-tach only)
  • Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart wall’s middle layer (v-tach only)
  • Changes in blood chemistry (v-tach only)
  • Electrical shock or other heart injury (v-fib only)

Most people with ventricular fibrillation have no history of heart disease, but do have factors that increase their risk:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure 

Untreated ventricular tachycardia can also degenerate into ventricular fibrillation. For an accurate, expert diagnosis, it is important to see a heart team with extensive experience diagnosing these types of arrhythmias. We use noninvasive tests and procedures to give you the accurate diagnosis you need. Learn more about cardiac diagnosis.