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ventricular tachycardia

noun

medical Definition of ventricular tachycardia

:tachycardia that is associated with the generation of electrical impulses within the ventricles and is characterized by an electrocardiogram having a broad QRS complex
  • Or a heart may suddenly start beating much too fast, a condition called ventricular tachycardia, and then lapse into ventricular fibrillation.
  • —Jane E. BrodyThe New York Times13 Apr. 1999
  • To stop ventricular tachycardia, the defibrillator sends out painless electrical pacing impulses that return the heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
  • —Tom MajeskiThe Saint Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press27 Nov. 1997
abbreviation VT called also V-tach

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