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Your child may not need any treatment for arrhythmia. Often an abnormal heartbeat does not cause any problems. If your child does need treatment, there may be several options, depending on the kind of arrhythmia.

The need for treatment depends on many factors, including:

  • The kind of arrhythmia
  • The age of the patient
  • The duration and frequency of the episodes
  • Whether the child has symptoms

Arrhythmia Treatment Options

Arrhythmias may be treated with one or more of these options, depending on the kind of arrhythmia and how serious it is:

  • Medicines that correct the heart rate or make an irregular heartbeat steady
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Defibrillator implantation

Read more about the treatment options we offer through our Arrhythmia Program.

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Summer 2014: Good Growing Newsletter

In This Issue

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