Pediatric arrhythmia care in the Rocky Mountain region

At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC), we understand a pediatric heart arrhythmia diagnosis can be overwhelming. Whether your child is experiencing pediatric arrhythmia symptoms or has already received a diagnosis, our pediatric heart care specialists in Denver provide compassionate, comprehensive care for heart arrhythmias in children.

For more information about pediatric arrhythmia treatment, please call (303) 860-9933.

At RMHC, your child receives care from a multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists who are board-certified and trained in pediatric arrhythmia treatment. Our pediatric cardiologists, electrophysiology specialists, imaging technicians, highly trained nursing staff and support team work together to ensure your child not only receives the top-notch care they deserve but also the compassion and support they need to ease their anxieties.

What is a pediatric heart arrhythmia?

A pediatric heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm in children, occurs when the heart’s electrical system sends out abnormal signals. Some arrhythmias are harmless and may resolve themselves on their own. Other arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation, can be more severe and require medical treatment. An arrhythmia may be caused by a congenital abnormality, congenital heart disease or other factors.

There are different cardiac arrhythmia types, and they are categorized by where they occur within the chambers of the heart and the speed of the heart rhythm. Heart arrhythmias can occur in the lower or upper chambers of the heart and can cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow or in an irregular pattern.

RMHC’s pediatric heart specialists in Colorado diagnose and treat all types of pediatric heart arrhythmias. Our teams take the time to educate you about your child’s type of arrhythmia, as well as appropriate treatment options, so you can make informed decisions about your child’s care.

Pediatric arrhythmia symptoms

Pediatric arrhythmia symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Paleness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • A slow or fast heartbeat or feeling pauses between heartbeats
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty feeding in infants
  • Irritability in infants

Pediatric arrhythmia tests

RMHC offers many non-invasive and pain-free diagnostic tests to check for arrhythmias in children, such as:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)—This test evaluates your child’s heart’s rhythm and electrical system for abnormalities.
  • Exercise stress test—This test monitors your child’s heartbeat for irregular changes during exercise.
  • Holter monitoring—Your child would wear a monitor at home, which would detect any abnormalities in their heart’s rhythm.

Electrophysiology studies

If necessary, we also perform electrophysiology (EP) studies in our new pediatric cardiac catheterization lab. An EP study may be ordered if a heart arrhythmia is detected. It provides more detail and information than any other diagnostic test for heart arrhythmias in children. The EP study tells the doctor exactly where the arrhythmia is located, which helps to determine the most appropriate pediatric arrhythmia treatment option.