What is arrhythmia?
Arrhythmia occurs when your child’s heart beats too fast, too slowly, or irregularly. Some arrhythmias are temporary and don’t pose any risks to your child’s health, while others are more serious.
Conditions We Treat
Based on the results of your child’s tests, our Terry Heart Center pediatric cardiologists may diagnose one of many conditions that can cause arrhythmias. Some of the heart rhythm disorders we treat are:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
- Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Sometimes catheters are used for diagnosis or treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Specialists in our Cardiac Lab use the most advanced technology to perform these minimally invasive procedures.
Cardiac Catheterizations in 2016
If your child shows symptoms of a heart problem, expert pediatric cardiologists at Wolfson Children’s Hospital use advanced tests to uncover heart rhythm problems and determine the proper treatment to get your child’s heart back in beat.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Holter monitor
- Electrophysiology testing
- Tilt table
- Exercise stress testing
- Microvolt T-wave alternans testing
Depending on your child’s condition, the arrhythmia team uses advanced treatments, which can include:
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators
- Permanent pacemakers
- High-resolution heart mapping
Our arrhythmia clinic is staffed by highly-skilled pediatric electrophysiologists that know just how little hearts work. Not only can they diagnose and treat your child’s arrhythmia, but they will talk to you about activities or medicines that should be avoided. Their expertise ensures that your child receives the right treatment for the best chance at an active and healthy childhood.