Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia: Belhassen Type

A healthy 26 year-old G3P2 12 weeks pregnant with twins presented to the emergency department after the abrupt onset of palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pain. An initial electrocardiogram demonstrated frequent preventricular contractions, which progressed to runs of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT)

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Critical Care

Monomorphic Ventricular Tachycardia

An 83-year-old male with known coronary artery disease presented to our emergency department (ED) with a complaint of palpitations and associated minor chest discomfort while on his way to play a round of golf.

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