What is the prognosis of ventricular tachycardia (VT)?

Updated: Dec 05, 2017
  • Author: Steven J Compton, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The prognosis in patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) varies with the specific cardiac process, but it is predicted best by left ventricular function. Patients with VT may suffer heart failure and its attendant morbidity as a result of hemodynamic compromise. In patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and nonsustained VT, sudden-death mortality approaches 30% in 2 years. In patients with idiopathic VT, the prognosis is excellent, with the major risk being injury incurred during syncopal spells.


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