Ventricular Arrhythmias

Description

What is ventricular arrhythmia?
Ventricular arrhythmias include ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. Both are life threatening arrhythmias most commonly associated with heart attacks.

Causes and Risk Factors

What causes ventricular arrhythmias?
Ventricular arrhythmias results when electrical impulses generated in your heart's ventricles interfere with the electrical impulses generated by the sinoatrial (S-A) node.

Symptoms

What are symptoms of ventricular arrhythmia?
Someone with a ventricular arrhythmia may experience fainting spells, blackouts, temporary blind spots, or dizziness.

Diagnosis

How is ventricular arrhythmia diagnosed?
To diagnose an arrhythmia, your doctor will typically start with an electrocardiogram (ECG) test.

Treatment

How is ventricular arrhythmia treated?
Doctors may prescribe medications, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or both for the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.