Heart and Blood Conditions
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 your child
- The duration and frequency of the episodes
- Whether your 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:
- Observation (monitoring over time without treatment)
- Medicines that correct the heart rate or make an irregular heartbeat steady
- Transcatheter ablation: A procedure that uses a small tube (catheter) guided through the blood vessels of the leg up to the heart. The catheter is used to destroy a tiny piece of the heart tissue that is causing the arrhythmia.
- Pacemaker implantation
- Defibrillator implantation
Read more about the treatment options we offer through our Arrhythmia Program.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.