Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Live chat with nurse Judy

Charlotte asks: "Hello. I have a 2 year old little boy who was treated for SVT as a tiny baby. We are off the meds he was taking and signed off by the Royal Brompton just over a year ago. My question is do you think for I should ask for a 24hr ECG to be done just to check all is as it should be?"

Judy says: "Generally children who have been discharged from hospital will be given advice as to whether or not they need to have regular check ups. If the doctors were happy to for him to be discharged then it is likely that he does not need regular follow ups.

A 24 hr ECG might be reassuing for you but it will just capture what is happening on that particular day and therefore is of limited value. If your child has normal energy levels and is playing as usual then that would be a good sign.We are not in a position to give individual medical advice but if you notice that his heart is racing again it would be advisable to take him to the GP or to call the paediatric unit at the hospital again for advice.

I hope that your little boy is enjoying playing with his friends and I wish him best of luck with his heart health in future."

Thanks for your question, we hope that helped.

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