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When your child has a heart problem, he or she may need medicine to manage it. And you might have concerns.
At the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we'll always give you detailed instructions for giving your child their meds. But we also offer some tips as part of our Family Guide to Your Child's Heart Care.
And if you have questions, please talk with your child's doctors or nurses.
Here's a list of things to keep in mind when giving your child drugs for their heart condition.
The most common medicines for children born with heart problems are digoxin (Lanoxin®) and Lasix® (furosemide).
Digoxin makes the heart pump more efficiently and slows the heart rate.
Lasix helps the kidneys remove extra fluid from the body, which increases the heart's ability to pump effectively.
There are a few different drugs doctors can use to treat irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). These include quinidine, digoxin, or amiodarone.
If rheumatic fever or an infection caused your child's heart problem, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or aspirin.
SBE is a slow-forming infection in the heart's lining or valves. It occurs when bacteria enter the blood.
Children with heart disease are at an increased risk of SBE during certain procedures, such as dental cleaning or surgery.
But antibiotics before these procedures (SBE prophylaxis) can help prevent SBE.
Dental work that likely causes bleeding.
Surgery or invasive procedures.
Surgery on the mucus lining of the nose, throat, or lungs.
For the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, call 412-692-5540.
Or find UPMC Children's heart care near you.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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