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Your child may not need any treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. Often an irregular heartbeat does not cause any problems. But sometimes it keeps the heart from pumping the right amount of blood to the brain or other organs. This can be dangerous.

So it’s important to have WPW syndrome checked by a doctor who can offer treatment, if your child needs it.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome Treatment Options

Your child may need treatment if they have symptoms or they have a fast heartbeat that happens often or lasts for a while.

Doctors treat WPW syndrome first with medicines to control the heart rate. If medicine does not work well enough, doctors may use radiofrequency ablation. This is a procedure that uses a catheter to destroy the tissue that causes the rapid heartbeat.

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

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