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My child has supraventricular tachycardia. What are the risks of getting anesthesia?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Very low risk

Talk to the anesthesiologist before surgery.
Any medicines that your child usually takes to control the svt should be taken with a sip of water on the usual schedule. The anesthesiologist will have medications available to treat any arrhythmia that might occur during the operation, and will monitor your child's heart continuously during and after the surgery. Most likely there will be no problem.

In brief: Very low risk

Talk to the anesthesiologist before surgery.
Any medicines that your child usually takes to control the svt should be taken with a sip of water on the usual schedule. The anesthesiologist will have medications available to treat any arrhythmia that might occur during the operation, and will monitor your child's heart continuously during and after the surgery. Most likely there will be no problem.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Low

Tell the anesthesiologist the history and all medications taken.

In brief: Low

Tell the anesthesiologist the history and all medications taken.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: EP cardiologist

There are many factors to consider in a child with svt.
Make sure the pediatric electro physiologist cardiologist is aware and available to treat your child. The procedure should be done at a childrens hospital. In portland there is dornbechers children's. Post operatively considerations and recovery at home you want to be told what to look for.

In brief: EP cardiologist

There are many factors to consider in a child with svt.
Make sure the pediatric electro physiologist cardiologist is aware and available to treat your child. The procedure should be done at a childrens hospital. In portland there is dornbechers children's. Post operatively considerations and recovery at home you want to be told what to look for.
Dr. Randy Stevens
Dr. Randy Stevens
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very safe

Svt is a condition that can lead to a sudden acceleration in the heart rate, and cause problems if the situation isn't corrected promptly.
If the anesthesiologist is aware, she can give medicines to protect the heart, prevent svt, and stop it if it does crop up.

In brief: Very safe

Svt is a condition that can lead to a sudden acceleration in the heart rate, and cause problems if the situation isn't corrected promptly.
If the anesthesiologist is aware, she can give medicines to protect the heart, prevent svt, and stop it if it does crop up.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Real

Anesthetic agents are known to modify the electrical behavior of the heart and therefore may present a risk in a patient with an electrical abnormality to begin with.
More importantly is that in the presence of svt you don't need to be subjected to anesthesia to incur risk and i strongly recommend you see a pediatric cardiologist so that he can treat or "cure' your child's svt.

In brief: Real

Anesthetic agents are known to modify the electrical behavior of the heart and therefore may present a risk in a patient with an electrical abnormality to begin with.
More importantly is that in the presence of svt you don't need to be subjected to anesthesia to incur risk and i strongly recommend you see a pediatric cardiologist so that he can treat or "cure' your child's svt.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Talk to MD

The patient should discuss their condition with the anesthesiologist prior to surgery so that preventative steps can be taken.
The presence of svt means that there will have to be extra monitoring used in the case, but this is not usually a problem.

In brief: Talk to MD

The patient should discuss their condition with the anesthesiologist prior to surgery so that preventative steps can be taken.
The presence of svt means that there will have to be extra monitoring used in the case, but this is not usually a problem.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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