Pediatric Heart Arrhythmia Treatment Program

The Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh diagnoses and treats irregular heart rate and rhythm disorders in the:

Our center:

  • Provides thorough exams and full management and treatment of heart rate disorders.
  • Has an electrophysiology (EP) lab that provides complete diagnostic studies and therapeutic interventions.
  • Performs pacemaker implants and continuous tracking of more than 150 children.

Heart Arrhythmia Testing and Diagnosis

The Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program’s EP lab is part of the Heart Institute’s cardiac catheterization lab.

Our highly trained staff uses state-of-the-art equipment and offers the entire range of cardiac diagnostic tests, including:

 We conduct more advanced testing — such as transesophageal and intracardiac EP studies — to help diagnose complex or persistent arrhythmias.

Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) uses an electrical current to destroy a small amount of heart tissue to fix arrhythmias.

RCFA has greatly improved the quality of life for children with:

  • Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • Recurrent paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial tachycardia and flutter
  • Ventricular tachycardia

We also assess and care for children who suffer from fainting (syncope) that might be from a heart defect or autonomic dysfunction.

Tilt table testing can be valuable in finding the cause of fainting and gauging the effectiveness of treatment.

Pacemaker Implants

Our program's team works with the cardiothoracic surgery team to perform heart pacemaker implants.

We care for more than 150 children with pacemakers and monitor them at the center’s weekly pacemaker clinic.

Contact the Arrhythmia and Rhythm Disturbances Program at Children's

For appointments and consults, call the Arrhythmia Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC at 412-692-5540.