An artificial pacemaker is a small device placed in the body and connected to the heart with wires (leads). It sends electrical signals to the heart to take control of the heartbeat in the event it slows significantly. Sometimes a pacemaker may be used to control a fast heartbeat. The insertion of a pacemaker requires minor surgery.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device similar to a pacemaker. It is placed in the body and connected to the heart with leads. If the heartbeat is irregular, the ICD sends one or more brief shocks to correct it. If the heartbeat is too slow, the ICD keeps the heart beating at a more normal rate. The insertion of an ICD requires minor surgery.
Some arrhythmias do not cause any problems. Some are more serious. A child with a serious arrhythmia will need frequent checkups.
Talk with your child's healthcare provider about managing your child's arrhythmia. Your child may need regular tests. Or your child may not be able to take part in some sports or activities.