We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Ventricular tachycardia (VT)

Ventricular arrhythmia

Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an arrhythmia which causes your heart to pump abnormally fast and inefficiently

About

VT is a fast heart rhythm caused by abnormal electrical impulses in one of the main pumping chambers of the heart (the ventricles). When the ventricles pump too quickly, your heart can't circulate blood efficiently. This can cause symptoms like breathlessness, chest pain and dizziness. In serious cases, it can lead to fainting or cardiac arrest. 

Need to know

  • Symptoms of ventricular tachycardia icon plus

    Like other types of arrhythmia, VT affects your heart's ability to circulate blood throughout your body. Resulting symptoms may include:

    • palpitations
    • chest pain
    • shortness of breath
    • dizziness
    • faintness or blackouts (syncope)

    Rapid ventricular tachycardia can be serious and may lead to a loss of consciousness and degenerate into ventricular fibrillation, causing your heart to stop beating (cardiac arrest). VT may develop if you have a history of a heart attack where heart muscle has been replaced by scar tissue. It can also be caused by diseases of the heart muscle known as cardiomyopathies. It is common in normal hearts.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If your GP or consultant thinks you might you have VT, there are a number of outpatient tests available. A Holter monitor, a portable ECG recording device to monitor your heart over time, is the main way to detect arrhythmia, including VT. You will be given an electrocardiogram (ECG) that records the rate, rhythm and electrical activity of your heart. Sometimes other tests are needed like an exercise ECG, an ECG carried out as you walk on a treadmill. Alternatively you may have an implantable loop recorder. You will also have an echocardiogram, an ultrasound test of your heart and a coronary angiogram.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Effective treatments are available for nearly all types of arrhythmia. HCA UK is home to some of the most advanced cardiac care facilities and a dedicated group of consultant cardiologists, cardiac physiologists, and clinical nurse specialists. If you're diagnosed with VT, your consultant will discuss your treatment options to determine the best approach for you depending on your symptoms. Options might include:

    • electrical cardioversion
    • drug treatment
    • catheter ablation
    • having a defibrillator fitted
    • cardiac surgery or angioplasty if you have coronary artery disease
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 
 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top