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Treatment for Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT) (Child)

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a rare genetic condition. It causes a very serious irregular heartbeat.

Types of treatment

A cardiologist will treat your child’s CPVT. Treatment is done to help prevent the abnormal heartbeat. Treatment may include:

  • Medicine. Most people with CPVT take a type of medicine called a beta-blocker. This medicine slows the heart rate and lessens the chance of abnormal beats. This works well for most people with CPVT. Other medicines may also be given.

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). An ICD is a small device put under the skin near the chest. It can detect a problem heart rhythm and give a shock to help stop it.

  • Lifestyle changes. A child with CPVT should not do tough exercise or sports. These may cause episodes of CPVT.

Living with CPVT

  • Your child will need to see his or her healthcare provider at least every 6 to 12 months. Your child’s heart will be checked with ECG and other tests.

  • Talk with the healthcare provider about what kind of activity is safe for your child.

  • Tell all of your child’s healthcare providers that he or she has CPVT.

  • Tell family members to be checked for CPVT.

  • Talk with your healthcare provider about genetic counseling if you plan to get pregnant.

Keeping your child safe

Make sure that family, friends, and school staff know that your child has CPVT. They will need to know what to do if your child faints or can’t respond. They should know:

  • When to call 911

  • How to do CPR

  • How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)

An AED can be used even if your child has an ICD. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer CPR classes. The classes include the use of an AED.

 

When to call the healthcare provider

Call the healthcare provider right away if you notice a change in your child’s symptoms.

 

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