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Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program

The Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive evaluation and management of heart rate and rhythm disorders in pediatric patients. These include arrhythmias in the fetus, infant, child, adolescent and adult with congenital heart disease. The entire range of cardiac diagnostic services is available through the center, including standard electrocardiograms, 24-hour ambulatory ECG (Holter) monitors and trans-telephonic event monitors (both continuous loop monitors and hand-held devices applied during symptomatic episodes). In addition, more sophisticated testing such as transesophageal and intracardiac electrophysiologic studies are conducted at the center to assist in the diagnosis of difficult or persistent arrhythmias.

The Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program’s electrophysiologic laboratory is part of the Heart Institute’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. It contains state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by highly trained personnel. Complete diagnostic studies and therapeutic interventions, such as radio frequency catheter ablation, are conducted in the electrophysiologic lab. Radio frequency catheter ablation is a procedure that allows the elimination of an arrhythmic substrate by delivering an electrical current via catheter. This procedure has dramatically improved the quality of life for patients with Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome, recurrent paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, atrial tachycardia and flutter, and ventricular tachycardia.

The program currently provides care for more than 150 patients with cardiac pacemakers. Pacemaker implantation is performed in conjunction with the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and continuous monitoring is performed in the center’s weekly pacemaker clinic.

The Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program also provides evaluation and management services for patients with syncope that might be due to a cardiac abnormality or autonomic dysfunction. Tilt table testing is available in the center and can be valuable in determining the etiology for syncope and evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.

For appointments and consultations with the Pediatric Arrythmia Program, please call 412-692-5540.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program

  • Provides comprehensive evaluation and management of heart rate and rhythm disorders in children.
  • Provides a full range of cardiac diagnostic services.
  • Includes an electrophysiologic laboratory that provides complete diagnostic studies and therapeutic interventions.
  • Provides pacemaker implantation and continuous monitoring of more than 150 patients with pacemakers.
Last Update
August 17, 2012
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Last Update
August 17, 2012
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