How does the prevalence of ventricular tachycardia (VT) vary by age?

Updated: Dec 05, 2017
  • Author: Steven J Compton, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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VT is unusual in children but may occur in the postoperative cardiac setting or in patients with associated congenital heart disease. Tachydysrhythmias in children are more commonly due to paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardias (PSVTs). [34] The incidence of ischemic VT increases with age, regardless of sex, as the prevalence of CAD increases. VT rates peak in the middle decades of life, in concert with the incidence of structural heart disease. Idiopathic VT can be observed at any age.


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