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When the heart beats, electrical impulses move through it. A heart rhythm disorder, or arrhythmia, happens when these electrical impulses don’t work properly.
If your child has symptoms of a heart rhythm abnormality, our cardiac electrophysiology experts can help. We provide comprehensive care for children who have heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias.
Our doctors use electrophysiology (EP) studies to diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders. Our program is among the largest in the nation and offers:
We offer effective treatments for arrhythmias, including:
We use the full range of tests and procedures to diagnose children’s arrhythmias. Your child may undergo a noninvasive test first, such as a wearable Holter monitor or exercise (stress) test. Our experts analyze the results and discuss next steps with you.
Many children with an arrhythmia have normal heart structures and don’t need surgery.
Our team successfully corrects arrhythmias by using cardiac ablation during an EP study. Cardiac ablation uses heat or cold to destroy heart tissue that causes arrhythmias. Because our doctors can diagnose and treat the arrhythmia during one procedure, most children don’t need a separate procedure to treat it.
We also specialize in arrhythmia treatment for children who have congenital heart defects (present at birth). Some children with congenital heart defects can’t have catheter ablation. In these cases, a cardiothoracic surgeon may perform an ablation during heart surgery.
Sometimes, doctors can’t correct an arrhythmia using ablation. In these cases, children may need a cardiac device to manage the arrhythmia. These devices include:
Our electrophysiology team has years of experience with implanting these specialized devices. If one of these devices can help your child, we will walk you through every step of the process. We want you to feel empowered to make the best decision for your child.
Cardiac devices effectively manage pediatric arrhythmias. Many of our patients are enjoying full lives with the help of their pacemaker or ICD. Learn more about pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).