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Deb J
What is a normal Arrhythmia Summary for an 11 year old Boy?
My 11 year old son had a few fainting spells so my doctor suggested he wear a Holter Monitor for 24 hrs. The doctor said all appears normal but on closer inspection off the report I noticed he had 19 episodes of Bradycardia, 53 Irregular Rythms, 174 single SVE's (?) & 5 Tachycardias. Min heart rate was 46bpm & max was 145bmp. Should I be concerned? Thanks in advance

This same person who states "I am a doctor" told another questioner that high blood pressure is the same as high blood sugar. NOT.

I suggest you phone or make an appointment with your son's doctor to have him explain it to you. You didn't just pay for the Holter Monitor. You paid for him to interpret the results, and then explain it to you -- which is what you should demand, and in terms you can understand.

I am not a doctor, nor do I work with children, but that sounds like a mighty wide range in rate. The high rate could have been while he was active and playing, but 19 episodes of bradycardia into the 40-50's, 53 episodes of irregular rhythm, and he has had fainting episodes? If your doctor says that's normal, I'd corner him and make him explain. Actually, that's not true. I'd get another doctor, a pediatric cardiologist.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

L_H Qutub(Retired)
I will answer the treatment, leaving behind the technical summary.

What is the treatment?

The treatment for arrhythmia depends upon the diagnosis. This health topic provides an overview of commonly used treatments. Your child's doctor will determine what treatment is best for the child's condition. Medications are used when arrhythmia's cause significant symptoms or pose a health risk. Because there are so many possibilities, your doctor may try several different medications to find the one that is right for your child. These medications can improve symptoms by preventing the episodes from starting, decreasing the heart rate during the episode, or shortening how long the episode lasts. How often the child must take the drug depends upon the frequency of the arrhythmia. Some children are admitted to the hospital to begin the medication so the doctor can monitor the drug's effects. If your child is taking medication, it's very important to follow the instructions on the prescription. Children on antiarrhythmic medications often require periodic blood tests to monitor the amount of medication in the bloodstream. Certain types of tachycardia, like supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), can be detected while a baby is still in the womb. In these cases, the mother can take medications to slow her baby's heart rate. Children can also be taught techniques to slow down their own heart rate during an episode of tachycardia. This includes straining, for example by holding the nose and mouth closed while trying to breathe out. This is called a Valsalva maneuver. Doctors can also stop an abnormally fast heart rhythm by using the esophageal electrophysiologic procedure explained in the Diagnosis section of this health topic. While rare with children, doctors may also use a technique called countershock, or cardioversion, to give a small electrical shock to the chest wall to restore the normal heart rhythm. Your child would receive a sedative or anesthetic before this procedure. Sometimes, diseases like anemia (low blood counts) or increased thyroid activity can cause a fast heart rate. Treating the disease also treats the arrhythmia. In some cases, tachycardias require more permanent treatment. One procedure is called radiofrequency catheter ablation. Several long, thin tubes called catheters are placed in the heart. The spot that is causing the tachycardia is destroyed by radiofrequency energy so the heart's natural electrical current can no longer pass through that tissue. The rest of the heart functions normally. In severe cases, the rhythm disorder may need to be controlled with an artificial pacemaker. This type of surgery is more commonly used for slow heart rates, but may also be used to treat some fast heart rates. An artificial pacemaker is a small device that is implanted under the skin and is connected to the heart with one or two thin wires. The pacemaker is programmed to send small, painless amounts of electricity to the heart to make it beat normally. Some pacemakers can even sense when your child is active and increase the heart's beating to keep up with the activity. New, improved pacemaker designs mean most pacemakers last around 8 to 10 years. However, it's extremely important that your child has regular check-ups to make sure the pacemaker is operating correctly. While most children with pacemakers can participate in normal activities, check with your doctor for advice on contact-type sports.
Self-care tips

If your child has an arrhythmia, it's extremely important to follow your doctor's orders for treatment. Make sure all medications are given at the correct times and according to the label directions. Check your child's heart rate as directed by your doctor, and help your child use any techniques taught by your doctor to stop episodes of tachycardia. If your child has an artificial pacemaker, follow your doctor's instructions for making sure it is operating correctly. With the proper care, your child will be able to enjoy a normal, active lifestyle.

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