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What could be possible causes for a 4 year old's heart to race then slow down, and repeat the cycle every few seconds when listening with a steth?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine

In brief: Most often normal

Most often this is a benign condition where the heart rate varies with respiration - speeding up with inspiration and slowing with exhalation.
This is usually called a sinus arrhythmia and tends to go away as we age. If you are concerned have your child checked by his doctor for reassurance.

In brief: Most often normal

Most often this is a benign condition where the heart rate varies with respiration - speeding up with inspiration and slowing with exhalation.
This is usually called a sinus arrhythmia and tends to go away as we age. If you are concerned have your child checked by his doctor for reassurance.
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