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Ventricular Tachycardia - Topic Overview

What precautions should you take?

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have palpitations, dizziness, near-fainting, or chest pain.

Talk with your doctor before changing your diet. If you want to lose weight, do not use diets that rely on a liquid-based program or a high-protein regimen. These types of diets can affect the concentrations of electrolytes in your blood. This can, in turn, cause problems with your heart.

Ask your doctor when you can drive again. If you have had an episode of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, your doctor may recommend that you don't drive a car for a few months. This precaution is to make sure you don't have any other episodes that could make driving unsafe. Right after you get an ICD implanted, you will not drive for at least a few days.

Travel safely. It is safe for most people with arrhythmias to travel. Plan ahead to travel safely. For example, plan to wear a medical alert bracelet and to bring enough medicine for the length of your trip.

Know how to actionset.gif live well with an ICD. This includes getting your device checked regularly, avoiding strong electric or magnetic fields, exercising safely, and knowing what to do if you get a shock.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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