If you have a ventricular tachycardia, it's important to treat right away. Left untreated, the condition can get worse over time, as the heart muscles become overworked and weak. This puts a strain on the heart.

Patients with less severe types of tachycardia and no other heart problems may be able to manage the condition with medications, such as beta blockers, to slow down the heartbeat. For those with more complex types of tachycardia, treatment may require surgery or other types of interventions, including:

  • Catheter ablation (cardiac ablation), which uses heat to eliminate small areas of the heart tissue causing heart rhythm problems
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), which involves placing a small pacemaker in the chest to monitor irregular heartbeat and send electrical pulses to correct them
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device placed under the skin that delivers an electric shock if your heart beats abnormally

Why Choose Us

At the Heart Rhythm Disorders Program at Brigham and Women's Heart & Vascular Center, our expert clinicians offer the latest innovations for treating ventricular tachycardia. As a patient, you can count on:

  • Access to the most innovative procedures, techniques, and devices; we are one of only three centers in the U.S. using needle catheter ablations, to reach within the thickness of the heart wall
  • Expertise in treating the most complex cases of ventricular tachycardia, including those deemed untreatable at other centers
  • Access to the most advanced imaging technologies, including cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography), cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac PET-CT, electrocardiogram, Holter monitor, and an innovative mapping system, used to increase the accuracy of ablations; these technologies translate to more accurate diagnoses for patients
  • Coordinated care from the No. 9 best hospital for cardiology & heart surgery in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Expert care delivered by a team of cardiologists, anesthesiologists and nurses who specialize in treating patients with ventricular tachycardia

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