Heart Block Child
This problem may be caused by:
- A heart defect caused by genetics
- Certain medicines
- Damage from surgery
- Infections, such as Lyme disease
- Lupus in the mother
- Electrolyte problems
- An autoimmune disorder
Some children do not have symptoms. Others may have:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or slow heartbeat
- Weakness or lack of energy
Treatment will depend on the type of heart block your child has. A first-degree heart block may not need treatment.
A pacemaker may be needed for some children with second-degree heart block and all children with third-degree heart block. The pacemaker will send regular electrical signals to the heart. It will keep the heart beating in a more efficient rhythm.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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