Arrhythmia can often be treated successfully or may not even require any treatment. Moreover, except for a few cases, it is usually not a cause of concern.
The treatment provided depends on the type of arrhythmia, age of your child, duration and frequency of irregular heartbeats and the presence of symptoms. Your personal choices will also be taken into consideration prior to the treatment. The treatment options include:
Medications to rectify the heart rate and make it steady
Cardio version in which small electrical shock is delivered to the heart through the chest to stop certain fast arrhythmia
Ablation in which a small tube (catheter) is inserted through a blood vessel in the leg, arm or groin, and threaded up to the heart to destroy a tiny piece of heart tissue using radiofrequency energy
Pacemaker, a small device, which is implanted under the skin and sends signals to the heart to start or regulate a slow heartbeat
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a small device similar to the pacemaker, which is implanted under the skin below the collarbone. It detects the rate of the heartbeat and sends an electrical signal, when the heart rate increases, to slow it down
Surgery, which is done when all other treatments fail. The chest is opened to expose the heart and the heart tissues causing arrhythmia are destroyed. It is a major procedure which is carried out under general anaesthesia