Sudden cardiac death refers to a situation where the heart suddenly stops pumping effectively. It most commonly happens in older people who have pre-existing known heart problems. Unfortunately, rarely it may affect an outwardly healthy appearing young person. In many instances this happens in the setting of sports.

Diabetes is a disorder manifested by high blood sugar levels. It is extremely common in the United States. The prevalence of diabetes is on the rise both in older adults as well as in young people. Unfortunately, poorly controlled diabetes at the time of conception or during early pregnancy is a risk factor for the development of congenital malformations, in particular, congenital heart defects. It is estimated that women with pre-gestational diabetes (diabetes existing prior to pregnancy) have a fivefold increased risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect compared to the non-diabetic population.

What is SBE prophylaxis?

Some parents have been told that their child may require antibiotics or “SBE prophylaxis” prior to visiting the dentist or having any surgical procedures done. So what is SBE prophylaxis and why do some children with heart disease need this precaution?

From time to time we evaluate children who are referred for an irregular heartbeat. This term typically refers to a heart rhythm that does not seem quite regular. An irregular heart beat is a little different from palpitations. The term “palpitations” refers to a sensation that the heart is not beating normally. Children with palpitations may feel their heart beating rapidly, pausing, or skipping beats. An irregular heartbeat, on the other hand, is usually something that a doctor hears when listening to the heart. Many children suspected of having an irregular heartbeat may feel perfectly fine.

For many people, visiting a pediatric cardiologist can be quite a nerve-racking experience! While we at Pediatric Heart Specialists take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible, it is natural that any diagnosis given to your child, simple or complex, can cause concern and even confusion. For example, it’s quite common that many questions may arise when your physician tells you that your child has a normal “hole” in the heart. A hole? Normal?? What exactly are we talking about???

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