Which activity modifications may be beneficial in the treatment 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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VT may be precipitated by increased sympathetic tone during strenuous physical exertion. A goal of successful VT management is to allow the patient to return to an active lifestyle through medications, ICD implantation, ablation therapy, or some combination thereof.

Smoking should be strongly discouraged in all patients who have, or who are thought to have, ventricular arrhythmias, aborted sudden cardiac death (SCD), or both. Cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for SCD, typically from arrhythmia and regardless of underlying coronary heart disease; smoking cessation significantly reduces the risk of SCD. [40]


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