Families find cutting-edge care in a reassuring environment at the Tufts Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Rhythm Program in Boston. The center has the latest, high-tech tools to search out and correct pediatric heart rhythm problems. From ambulatory cardiac monitoring, to exercise stress testing, the best methods for detecting arrhythmias and heart murmurs are used here at Tufts Children's. A full complement of pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) services are readily available. Catheter ablations can be performed utilizing either radiofrequency or cryothermal energy, and the most advanced 3-Dimensional mapping systems are used to accurately and safely localize the site of the problem.
Heart arrhythmias, by their very nature, can be a source of extreme anxiety for both parents and children. The specialists and staff at the Heart Rhythm Program are committed to personal, family-centered care. Parents and young cardiac patients can expect their concerns, before and after any procedure, to be addressed and their questions answered in a timely manner.
While some heart rate problems are identified in utero, others may not become apparent until later in childhood and adolescence. Palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pains and dizziness or fainting are possible signs a child may have a heart rhythm issue that needs to be checked out. Even if there are no visible symptoms, parents may want to have their children screened if there is a family history of hereditary conditions which lead to heart rhythm abnormalities. We specialize in treating conditions including, but not limited to:
We understand that cardiac arrhythmias in children cause a tremendous amount of concern within families. Heart rhythm experts meet directly with patients and their families, taking the time needed to answer all their questions. We are also ready to follow up later by email or phone if needed. We believe it is important for young patients and their parents to understand the patient’s heart rhythm diagnosis and treatment options, and at times, do so by drawing out diagrams and pictures and referring them to reputable websites for further information. Our Heart Rhythm Program also has a close and highly collaborative working relationship with other specialists at Tufts Children's as well as the cardiologists and electrophysiologists serving adult patients at The CardioVascular Center at Tufts Medical Center. This means both better and more efficient care, from the ability to schedule appointments and tests over a single visit to access to some of the top experts in cardiac care.