Cardiac Conditions in Children

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Quiz: Do You Understand Cardiac Conditions in Children?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

A heart murmur will often be picked up at a routine health appointment.

Explanation:
A heart murmur is one of the most common reasons kids are sent to a pediatrician or a pediatric cardiologist. A heart murmur will often be picked up at a routine health appointment.
2

Arrhythmias are much more common in kids.

Explanation:
Arrhythmias are much more common in adults, but young people can also get them. Ablation is a procedure that is aimed at correcting an arrhythmia. Once the doctor understands the electrical system of the child’s heart, the surgeons can usually invoke the abnormal heart rhythm and use a specialized catheter to either heat or freeze the abnormal tissue, ablating the arrhythmia.
3

A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam that focuses specifically on the fetus’ heart.

Explanation:
A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam that focuses specifically on the fetus’ heart. It is performed by placing a special camera called a transducer on the mom’s abdomen—very similar to an obstetrical ultrasound.
4

Ablation carries a success rate of over 75 percent for some types of arrhythmia.

Explanation:
Ablation is usually done as an outpatient procedure and carries a very high success rate: over 95 percent for some types of arrhythmia. The recovery after an ablation is usually quite quick, and children are usually discharged on the same day.
5

A heart murmur will often be picked up at a routine health appointment.

Explanation:
A heart murmur will often be picked up at a routine health appointment. A common scenario is during a viral illness—particularly one that is associated with a fever. If the heart murmur is found to be associated with heart disease, there may be treatment required.

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