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Arrhythmias

We are the reference hospital for the treatment of paediatric arrhythmias and familiar cardiopathies in Spain.

In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital Arrhythmia and Familiar Cardiopathies Unit we are dedicated to the treatment of heart rate disorders, sudden death and genetic cardiology

Diagnosing an arrhythmia early radically changes the patient's prognosis, since if the suitable treatment is followed, it ceases to be a potentially fatal disease, to become a chronic disease with minimal risk.

In our work of exploring the patient's heart, in addition to the medical records and electrocardiograms is provided by the parents, we apply the following tests: electrocardiogram, 24 - hour Holter monitoring, Tilt-test, electrophysiological study, non-invasive monitoring systems. We use other remote patient monitoring systems. If any anomaly is detected, an alarm is sent to the doctor. Heart devices commonly used: pacemakers, liberators and subcutaneous Holters.

We integrate the patient's setting as a fundamental part of his/her healthcare, from the family to the school. At the same time, we train the agents closest to the child so that we can meet the objective of making his/her everyday life as normal as possible and so that, in the event of an emergency, they can react appropriately. When there has been a case of certain death in the family, we conduct genetic studies of the children to thus detect whether there is a real risk.

National and international recognition

Dr. Josep Brugada Terradellas, who with his two brothers, Drs. Pere and Ramon Brugada, identified the well-known Brugada syndrome as a disease, coordinates the Pediatric Arrhythmia and Familiar Cardiopathies Unit of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona. We are the only reference center in Spain in pediatric electrophysiology and we treat 24% of patients from countries outside the European Union.

High prevention capacity

We apply monitoring systems 24 hours a day so that the doctor receives the constants of the patient, and thus be able to react quickly or even move forward in any risk situation. In families where there has been some case of sudden death, we perform genetic studies to detect if any of their children is a carrier of the disease.

Advanced techniques for the treatment of arrhythmias

Catheterization is one of the techniques used in the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. The introduction of a catheter allows to identify the electrical signals of the heart and to locate the origin of the alterations. In this video of the program "Health Science", shooted by the Spanish Television, we show how the intervention is by catheterization of a baby, Lucia, who was able to deal with an incessant tachycardia.

Diseases we treat

Sporadic arrhythmias

We treat all types of arrhythmias that appear sporadically, both tachycardia and bradycardia.

It is not covered by public health

Family cardiopathies

We board hereditary heart diseases such as arrhythmogenic myocardiopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy.

It is not covered by public health

Arrhythmic syndromes related to sudden death

We treat and prevent this group of diseases, including Brugada Syndrome, Long QT Syndrome, and Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia.

It is not covered by public health

Our experience and effectiveness

Consultations
2,100
a year
Surgical procedures
300
a year
Cardiac ablations
170
a year
Immediate effectiveness
99%
in cardiac ablations
Fede's family has stopped fearing for his son's life thanks to surgery and remote patient-tracking systems.
Georgia Sarquella Brugada, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's cardiologist

At the forefront of knowledge

Currently SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has different research and innovation projects in arrhythmias in children and adolescents.

Discover our arrhythmias research

How to get your child admitted to SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital

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