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Heart Block -- Child

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(Atrioventricular [AV] Block—Child)

 

Symptoms

Your child may not have any symptoms at all. If your child has any of the following, see the doctor.
Be aware that your child may feel these symptoms, but may not be able to tell you or know how to describe them. Watch out for signs, like:
  • Child has trouble keeping up with other children when playing
  • Child has “spells” during play and needs to sit down and rest
If your child has any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to heart block. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions.
 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) shows the heart's electrical activity. The doctor will be able to see a heart block with this test.
 

Treatment

The course of treatment will depend on the type of heart block. Generally, treatment is not needed for first-degree heart block.
A pacemaker may be needed for some cases of second-degree heart block and all cases of third-degree heart block. The pacemaker will send regular electrical signals to the heart. It will keep the heart beating in a more efficient rhythm.
If your child is diagnosed with heart block, follow the doctor's instructions.
 

RESOURCES

American College of Cardiology
http://www.cardiosource.org

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org/

Heart Rhythm Society
http://www.hrsonline.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
http://www.ccs.ca/

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca

 

References


First-degree AV nodal block. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated June 14, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.


Heart block. Heart Rhythm Society website. Available at: http://www.hrsonline.org/Patient-Resources/Heart-Diseases-Disorders/Heart-Block . Accessed on June 20, 2013.


Second degree atrioventricular nodal block (non-Wenckebach). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated April 18, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.


Third degree atrioventricular nodal block. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated January 21, 2011. Accessed June 20, 2013.


University of California San Francisco. Heart block. UCSF Benioff Childrens’ Hospital website. Available at: http://www.ucsfchildrenshospital.org/conditions/heart%5Fblock/ . Accessed on June 20, 2013.


What is heart block? National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hb/ . Accessed on June 20, 2013.

 

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