Ventricular tachycardia ablation (VT ablation) is a process that corrects a potentially fatal heart condition that causes the heart to beat too quickly. To understand how a VT ablation works, it helps to understand what the name means. “Ventricular” indicates that the problem takes place in the lower chambers of the heart, called the ventricles. “Tachycardia” means, roughly, “fast heart.” The problem in patients with ventricular tachycardia is that the ventricles of their heart pump blood too quickly, at a rate of 120 to 300 beats per minute, rather than the standard 60 to 100 beats per minute. “Ablation” is the process of removing some tissue in the body.
VT ablation refers to the process of burning (cauterizing) the tiny sections of the heart responsible for triggering too-fast heartbeats. This procedure is largely possible thanks to two factors: first, imaging technology allows cardiologists to locate the exact places on the heart that cause the excessive beating; and second, devices such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help maintain normal heart rhythms during and following surgery.
About Jaydutt Patel, MD
Dr. Jaydutt Patel, a cardiac electrophysiologist who practices in Erie, Pennsylvania, has performed VT ablations on patients to eliminate the symptoms associated with ventricular tachycardia.