Ventricular Tachycardia Treatment Turkey

    The heart has a highly developed electrical conduction system. At the center of this transmission system is the region known as the sinus node. The sinus node generates electrical impulses at regular intervals. These stimuli follow the conduction line and reach the target areas of the heart and cause contraction there. Thanks to the contraction we are talking about, the heart pumps blood throughout the body. Thus, our cells and tissues are oxygenated. If a problem occurs in the electrical impulses that cause the heart to pump blood to the body or in the tissues involved in this system, the heart rhythm becomes irregular. Accordingly, patients may experience a condition known as tachycardia in medical language. Tachycardia is the heart beating faster than it should. Tachycardia is a condition that individuals without heart disease or rhythm disorder experience from time to time. Many things in everyday life can cause the heart to beat faster than it should. However, this is only a temporary response of the heart to external factors. After a while, the heart returns to its normal rhythm. However, ventricular tachycardia Turkey rhythm disturbances are different from normal tachycardias.

    Turkey ventricular tachycardia is caused by abnormal formations in the heart tissues. In the continuation of our article, we will first talk about what exactly tachycardia is and then we will talk about ventricular tachycardia.

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    What is Tachycardia (Palpitation)?

    Tachycardia is a condition in which the heart beats faster than what is considered normal. During this condition, popularly known as palpitations, the heart beats more than 100 times per minute. Tachycardia often appears as a normal response of the body to external factors. However, in some cases, it can also be seen due to serious heart diseases. Therefore, in case of recurrent tachycardia, it is recommended to consult a doctor who is an expert in the field.

    What are the Types of Tachycardia (Palpitation)?

    Among the tachycardia types, the most common one is the condition known as “sinus tachycardia”. The sinus node is where healthy electrical impulses occur that keep the heart beating. This zone may work faster as a natural response during some situations. For example, during physical activities such as running, the heart rate may increase. Feelings such as fear and excitement can cause the sinus node to generate more stimulation than normal, thus causing the heart to beat faster. Likewise, consuming excessive coffee can cause the heart to beat faster than it should. The tachycardias that occur as a result of the examples we have mentioned are known as “sinus tachycardia”. These often do not pose a health threat and can be easily avoided with some lifestyle changes. But some types of tachycardia are much more dangerous. The type of tachycardia known as ventricular tachycardia is one of them.

    What is Ventricular Tachycardia?

    Ventricular tachycardia is the type of palpitation seen due to abnormal formations in the heart ventricles. In medical language, it is called “VT” for short. The tissues that make up the heart can be damaged during serious conditions such as a heart attack. If the heart ventricles are affected by this damage, some foci that disrupt the heart rhythm may develop in their structures. These abnormal foci can increase the person’s heart rate up to 250 beats per minute. However, they can cause a variety of serious ailments. Unlike sinus tachycardias, they need to be treated.

    What are the Symptoms of Ventricular Tachycardia?

    During ventricular tachycardia, it can be felt that the heart is beating rapidly, people may express this with words such as: “I have palpitations” or “I have dizziness”. In addition, patients may experience chest pain and difficulty in breathing. In fact, some patients may experience  faint due to dizziness.

    Who Gets Ventricular Tachycardia?

    Ventricular tachycardia is more common in some people due to a number of conditions. People at risk for ventricular tachycardia include:

    • People with Brugada Syndrome.
    • People with short QT syndrome.
    • People with long QT syndrome.
    • People who consume excessive alcohol or cigarettes.
    • People who regularly consume certain medications.
    • People who have had a previous heart attack.
    • People who use drugs.

    Ventricular tachycardia may be seen more frequently in such groups.

    What is the Risk of Ventricular Tachycardias?

    Ventricular tachycardias are much more dangerous as they originate in the ventricles of the heart. While no life-threatening risk is observed in supraventricular tachycardias, life-threatening conditions can be seen in ventricular tachycardias. Therefore, it should not be taken lightly. Individuals who suspect ventricular tachycardia should consult a cardiologist.

    How to Treat Ventricular Tachycardia?

    In the treatment of ventricular tachycardia, the method of treatment is decided together with the patient. Likewise, the general health of the patient is also a consideration when choosing the treatment method. Ventricular tachycardia can be treated with various rhythm-regulating drugs. However, this treatment is not definitive and permanent. The use of drugs does not eliminate ventricular tachycardia. Apart from drug therapy, ablation therapy can also be applied. Ablation therapy promises a much more permanent recovery. It is more advantageous in many ways. In some patients, pacemaker therapy may also be preferred.