Arrhythmia Program

If your child has been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, palpitations or chest pains, it is critical they receive coordinated, specialized care. Arrhythmias, or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, may be congenital (present at birth) or they may develop later. At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we follow more than 1,000 patients with arrhythmias from before birth through adulthood, as well as treat children who have palpitations or chest pains and turn to our providers to determine if an arrhythmia is present.

Our Arrhythmia Program provides dedicated outpatient and inpatient services for patients with:

  • A family history of arrhythmia or sudden unexpected death possibly caused by an arrhythmia
  • Bradycardia (slower than normal heart rate)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (faster than normal heart rate)
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Brugada syndrome
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
  • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    • Pediatric Center of Excellence

Patients with arrhythmias often require specialized and targeted expertise. Our outpatient services include:

  • Cardiac exercise stress test
  • Device management
    • Pacemakers
    • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
    • Loop recorders
    • Remote home monitoring of all devices
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Genetic testing for familial arrhythmias
  • Medical management of arrhythmias
  • Event monitors

Inpatient procedures are performed in our dedicated pediatric electrophysiology lab using state-of-the-art equipment. Specific tests may include:

  • Electrophysiology study
    • Radiofrequency and cryoablation therapies
  • Implantable event monitors
  • Pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation
  • Drug testing for inheritable arrhythmias

Arrhythmia Program Team

  • Peter Fischbach, MD
  • Robert Campbell, MD
  • Chad Mao, MD
  • Robert Whitehill, MD
  • Jessica Posey, MSN, FNP-C
  • Patricia Simpson, FNP-BC, RN, MSN
  • Erin Demo, MS, CGC
  • Linda Knight, MS, CGC
  • Megan Stark, MS
  • Goutham Vennapusa, MS
  • Julie Morris, CCT
  • Adrian Wedderburn, CCT
  • Sarah Parkerson, RN, CCDS