Ventricular tachycardia ablation past present and future perspectives implantable cardioverter defibrillators positively affect survival in patients at increased risk for arrhythmic sudden cardiac death quality of life can be negatively affected by recurrent therapies ventricular tachycardia vt ablation targets clinical arrhythmias . This text has been jointly produced by the committee on sudden cardiac death of the american heart association and the councils on clinical cardiology nursing and basic science. The annual incidence of sudden cardiac death scd in dcm is 2 4 with sudden death accounting for up to half of all deaths 2 3 this is also reflected in registry data of survivors of an aborted cardiac arrest where dcm is the underlying aetiology in 10 19 importantly scd may be the initial manifestation of dcm in previously . Sudden cardiac death scd is a sudden unexpected death caused by a change in heart rhythm sudden cardiac arrestit is the largest cause of natural death in the us causing about 325000 . Sudden cardiac death scd and arrhythmia represent a major worldwide public health problem accounting for 15 20 of all deaths early resuscitation and defibrillation remains the key to survival yet its implementation and the access to public defibrillators remains poor resulting in overall poor survival to patients discharged from hospital
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