my 8 wk old daughter has wpw, svt and a hole in her heart. We have been in and out of the hospital since she has been born... knowledge is power i need information...
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome: A condition caused by an abnormality in the electrical system of the heart which normally tells the heart muscle when to contract. In Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, there is an extra electrical connection inside the heart that acts as a short circuit, causing the heart to beat too rapidly and sometimes in an irregular manner. The syndrome can be lifethreatening although this is unusual.
WPW can be treated by destroying the short circuit using a technique termed radiofrequency catheter ablation in which wires are placed in different places in the heart until the short circuit is found and can be destroyed with radiowaves.
WPW involves preexcitation. Part of the venetricle receives premature electrical stimulation due to the presence of an accessory pathway (the short circuit) which is not subject to the normal delay at the atrioventricular node.
Wolff-Parkinson-White is written with hyphens because the syndrome was not discovered by a Dr. Wolff Parkinson White but by three doctors: Louis Wolff, Sir John Parkinson, and Paul Dudley White.
Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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im sorry to hear about your daughter i have wpw i didnt find out to i was in my 20s iam now 42 i have had the ablation 5 years ago i have been told it can return i just couldnt run around as a child and was out of breath now i as doing well i do find i cant handle the heat and stress can make it worse i was told it can be genetic ihave a good cardioligist . i have needed medication and i dont really take notice unless im not well i do find i can always feel my heart beating stongly there r ways of slowing it down i know you must be very stressed and worried but it can be managed when i found out i had wpw i was told it was 1 in every thousand child born and that it was rare. its not any more so please dont feel you are alone.
my daugter is 18 months and has wpw. she was diagnosed when she was a month old and has had an episode pretty much at least once a month since then. It happens the most when she is sick. Anyones heart rate is elevated when they are sick and when you have WPW its just not a good combination. It can be very scarey at first especially if you do not have all the information. where i live WPW is not very common, we couldnt even take my daughter to the local hospital when she was in SVT because they werent comfortable with her condition. it does get better once you know what to watch for and how to handle it best for your child. Her cardiologist told us that 25% of babies who have WPW will grow out of it by they time they are a year old, 25% will grow out of it but it will come back later in life, and 25% will have it their whole life. Kaitlyn didnt grow out of it unfortunatly and we will be dealing with this a lot longer then we hoped.
Her cardiologist told us that luckily she is at an age when it will hopefully slow down but even if it does it usually starts back up in the teen age years. I hope that this helps even if just a lil bit.
I am a General Practitioner in Ireland One of my patients at age of four months presented with 1 week's history chesty cough loss of weight
On examination Patients heart rate was about 200 bpm respiratory rate was 60 Chest on osculation revealed wide spread ronchis
The child was referred to an accident and emergency dept of Children's hospital
The x ray showed evidence of Cardiomyopathy EKG tracing revealed svt and WPW
The child was commenced on various meds ( like sotalol Capoten etc)
I am very happy to say that the child made full recovery
The cardiologist's opinion was that the accessory path way was activated by a viral infection He is of the opinion that the accessory will wither on its own and in case it does happen the path way will be ablated at the age of 4 yrs
He feels that the child will experience no adverse effect
The child is growing normally achieving normal mile stones
A very Happy Baby (Every one in the practice calls him ' Smiling Jack'
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