How We Diagnose & Treat SVT
To diagnose a tachycardia like SVT, we need to record the fast heart beat happening. If your child is showing symptoms, we can often discover the SVT with a simple electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).
Sometimes though, the arrhythmia doesn’t happen when we are watching. In this case, we use a Holter monitor. This monitor records the heart constantly, for as long as a month. Once we find the SVT and identify the type, we can treat it.
Many babies born with SVT grow out of it by their first birthday. However, children who develop it later because of other heart conditions are less likely to grow out of it.
For children who do need treatment, we may prescribe medication. Some children may need a procedure called cardiac ablation, which usually cures SVT. Lurie Children’s has special expertise in this non-surgical procedure. Learn how cardiac ablation works.