• Many patients with Belhassen ventricular tachycardia experience no signs or symptoms with episodes of tachycardia.

  • Belhassen ventricular tachycardia occurs more often in males 15 to 40 years than in females of those ages.

  • Nursing care includes monitoring for dysrhythmia and its effects, assisting patients with treatment procedures, administering medication and monitoring its effects, and providing discharge education.

A patient who had experienced ventricular tachycardia was admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU) in normal sinus rhythm. According to the admitting physician’s notes, the dysrhythmia presumably was caused by myocardial ischemia. The dysrhythmia was described as paroxysmal sustained ventricular tachycardia with a left posterior fascicular block. After coronary artery disease was ruled out, an electrophysiologist diagnosed Belhassen ventricular tachycardia.

The prevalence of Belhassen ventricular tachycardia is not known, and little is available in the literature on the care of patients with this abnormality. In...

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