An arrhythmia is a heartbeat that’s not regular. Examples would be beating too slowly (bradycardia) or too quickly (tachycardia), which causes problems like dizziness or fatigue. In most cases, arrhythmias are caused by an electrical “short circuit” in the heart, but they can also be caused by hormones produced by the thyroid. Many children with a heart arrhythmia never experience symptoms and don’t need medical care. However, in some cases, an experienced pediatric heart expert will need to identify and treat your child’s arrhythmia.
At Nemours, our team of experienced children’s heart experts is here to provide the personalized care your child needs. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialize in surgical procedures of the chest, including the heart and lungs) can provide answers to your questions, address your concerns and offer the latest treatment options for all types of heart arrhythmia. Our cardiac team provides children with research-backed care, delivered in a family-centered setting.