Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
heart failure is caused by a congenital heart defect, correcting the defect may cure the
heart failure. Medicines are often used to treat heart failure in children. They
Digoxin. This is a medicine that can help the heart beat stronger with a more regular rhythm.
). These help the kidneys get rid of extra fluid that may
build up in the body.
ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors. These medicines help open the blood vessels and lower blood pressure. This makes it easier for your child's heart to pump blood to the body.
Beta blockers. These help lower the heart rate and blood pressure. This also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood to the body.
Other treatments include:
Pacemaker. Some children with heart failure need an artificial pacemaker.
The pacemaker may help when the heart is not pumping well because of a slow
resynchronization therapy. This uses a special type of pacemaker. This
treatment may be used in some children with long-term heart failure.
Mechanical support devices. Children with severe
heart failure may be helped with special devices and tools. Your child may use these
while waiting for a heart transplant.
transplant. A healthy donor heart replaces your child's diseased heart.
Children may also need the help of a nutritionist who can help with feeding and managing fluids. Older children may benefit from an exercise rehab program.