Ventricular tachycardia is a rapid resting heart rate initiated within the ventricles, typically at 160 to 240 beats per minute (normal resting rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute).
Review Date 5/16/2018
Updated by: Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.