The heart is a muscular pump, which requires an electrical current to make it beat. Unlike other muscles in the body, the heart creates its own electrical current because it has its own natural conduction system.
Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that result from problems with that conduction system.
Although arrhythmias are more common in adults than in children, they may occur at any age, including in children with otherwise normal hearts, in association with congenital heart defects, or after surgery for congenital heart disease.
Pediatric heart arrhythmias are often associated with the following heart disorders:
Diagnostic services are especially important for young patients having symptoms that may represent disorders of the cardiac electrical system, but a diagnosis has not yet been made. These symptoms include:
Initial referrals to the Duke Children’s Heart Program are generally made by your child’s primary care physician. To make an appointment, please call 919-668-4000.
Angela Lloyd, RN
Christine Agee, CPNP
Physicians offering this service include:
This service is available at: