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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: V-tach


 NAN1 - Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:25 pm

I am a 35 year old female in very good health. I had a aortic repair for a congenital defect, and a spontaneous closure of a vent septal defect. I have had palpitations all my life, but none ever symptomatic. In November I had an episode where I just about passed out. After several tests it was found that I am having runs of V-tach. My cardiologist is taking it very seriously. I am on Atenolol, but I am still having the occasional run, with symptoms. My family MD thinks everyone is over reacting, my cardiologist is sending me for EPS studies. Althought my echo is good, the possibility of scar tissue from my surgery as a child has been brought up as a possible reason for this. My biggest concern is this going into V Fib. Also, would ablation be something to consider? Thanks.
 Shannon Morgan, CMA - Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:04 pm

User avatar Your doctor is right to be concerned; v-tach is serious. Ablation is an option, but may have to be repeated. A device called an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) can be placed, and will sense if an episode is happening. It will send electric currents to attempt to convert the heart back to normal rhythm, and if it is unsuccessful will defibrillate "shock" it to restore normal rhythm. Sometimes an ICD is used along with ablation.

I hope all goes well for you.

Shannon
 NAN1 - Sat Jul 02, 2005 7:44 pm

Thanks Shannon. Any information is appreciated as it prepares me for what might come! Thanks again,
Nancy :D

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