What are the 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for evaluation of ventricular tachycardia (VT)?

Updated: Dec 05, 2017
  • Author: Steven J Compton, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The 2017 American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Cardiology (ACC)/Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) guideline for the management of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death includes the following recommendations [44] :

  • Assessment of the risk for sudden death in patients with cardiomyopathies, particularly in those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sarcoidosis, ARVD, or neuromuscular disease
  • Evaluation for genetic arrhythmia syndromes in patients younger than 40 years with unexplained sudden cardiac death, unexplained near drowning, or recurrent syncope in the absence of ischemic or other structural heart disease
  • Cardiac evaluation and genetic counseling and genetic testing as appropriated on the basis of clinical findings in first-degree relatives of victims of sudden cardiac death who were aged 40 years or younger

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