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Treatment for Ventricular Tachycardia or Asystole

In conditions where Ventricular Tachycardia becomes an emergency, the following approaches to treatment and intervention may be employed.  

Electric Defibrillation – This is also known as cardioversion, the use of electric shock to bring back the heart to its original rhythm. Electric shocks are delivered via the electric paddle of the defibrillator machines.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – This is the final recourse, if all else fails. The objective of CPR is to restore lung perfusion with oxygen by direct intubation or an oxygen cannula, and to restore cardiac function by directly compressing the chest to pump out blood.

Anti-Arrhythmic Medications – Anti –Arrhythmics like lidocaine and procainamide may be introduced intravenously to control the arrhythmia of Ventricular Tachycardia.


The prognosis for Ventricular Tachycardia or Asystole may be poor, especially in cases when the whole resuscitation process is delayed. In cases where there is revival in the emergency room, life sustaining medications are to be initiated until the individual gains stability and consciousness. The outcome is totally dependent on the extent of cardiac damage and its state of reversibility.

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