Podcast 669: VTach Storm - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 669: VTach Storm

Contributor:  Gretchen Hinson, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Three episodes of ventricular tachycardia within 24 hours or two episodes back-to-back
  • Treat with IV amiodarone and IV beta-blockers initially as well as IV lidocaine
  • Correct underlying causes: 
    • IV magnesium for QT prolongation
    • Replete potassium in hypokalemia
    • Urgent revascularization in ischemia
  • For refractory vtach, urgent radiofrequency ablation or stellate ganglion block can be done
  • Last resort is placing on the patient on ECMO


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Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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