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LibbyLamour, August 12,  2019  3:06am EST

Ventricular tachycardia

On July 3 I had an ECG. I had been experiencing arrhythmia and I assumed it was atrial fibrillation. The results of the EXG showed I had had a heart attack in the past, which had damaged my heart and caused me ventricular tachycardia. Does anyone know anytging about ventricular arrhythmia/tachycardia?

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  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, August 12,  2019  6:36am EST

    I don't know about ventricular tachycardia, but your episode is another argument that supports needing to get things checked out as soon as possible when symptoms appear. To me, the heart is very tricky. And even with being checked out, some tests don't point to the real problem. I'm glad you are now operating with more knowledge. For me, it sometimes feels like closing the barn door after the cow gets out, but I'd be really focused on more close monitoring and less likely to ignore symptoms. For a case like yours, I'd be commnicating with the cardiologist on the patient portal documenting something feels strange and let him/her call you in or order tests or change meds as needed. No more guessing or assuming. Stay on top of it and I bet you have a long good quality of life ahead. I had to teach myself to stop guessing and it saved my life. I don't have ventricular tachycardia but I would want to know asap if that begins to happen. Good for you on getting checked. Stay on top of it now. Keep posting and let us know what's going on.

  • Ironwoman75
    Ironwoman75, August 12,  2019  5:04pm EST

    Ventricular Tachycardia is a condition where your heart beats more than the norm heart beats you should have in a minute. So for example you heart should 30 times in a second it is beating 60 or 90 times more. This could lead to cardiac arrest.That's my understanding of this condition.


  • LibbyLamour
    LibbyLamour, August 13,  2019  4:06am EST

    Thanks for the replies! Yes, that is ventricular tachycardia, the heart beating too fast. Mine does that sometimes. It’s a kind of arrhythmia that can lead to cardiac arrest. I’m really working hard on living healthily, taking my meds, visiting my doc and hoping to see this one out.

  • Ralaz
    Ralaz, August 14,  2019  1:16pm EST

    Yes, I have ventricular tachycardia!

    It is a tricky arrhythmia to control, one which will require ongoing monitoring by a cardiologist & electrophysiologist and most likely medication. It is often a challenge for both Cardiology and  EP (Electrophysiology) with continuous evaluation of your risk level. Some people experience symptoms, others don't, the goal is to keep the heart rate under control so your events do not become sustained (meaning more than 30 seconds) and your number of VT runs are kept to a minimum.

    There are very good websites one can download from the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic to help understand this arrhythmia.

    Hang in there! There are a number of us out there that live with this and have awesome lives! Each day is precious!

  • LibbyLamour
    LibbyLamour, August 14,  2019  1:40pm EST

    Thanks Ralaz! It is really helpful to hear from someone who lives with the same  condition - and yes, I agree with you, each day is precious! Thanks for the links, I will look them up. All the best. 

  • Mswatson05
    Mswatson05, August 24,  2019  11:57pm EST

    I’ve vtached several times. I’ve had short runs all the way to 2 hour long chronic episodes. I’ve not had an ablation procedure. I’m not a good candidate. But for me what helps are: no caffeine, medicine on time, relax, sleep when I need too, get a good support system, accept help when it’s offered. I have my mom, dad, long term partner, son, sisters, sister in law, brother n law and cousins. I have friends and companions. It takes a village. To get out of the shorter runs, try coughing hard or hitting your chest. But sometimes I’ve needed to be shocked. It’s been 6 1/2 years since the last time I was shocked. And I’d do it again in a heart beat!! No pun intended. No caffeine. Medicine on time. I also try to keep my anxiety under control. 

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