A healthy diet can reduce stress on the heart and is an important part of ongoing care for children with arrhythmias.
Our nurse practitioners can work with you to develop a nutrition plan to ensure that your child gets the appropriate amounts of electrolytes, fluids, and other nutrients to help the heart function efficiently. They can also help your child maintain a healthy weight.
Many parents want to know how much exercise is safe and appropriate for a child who has an arrhythmia. Regular physical activity can strengthen your child’s cardiovascular system as well as improve his or her quality of life. Our experts can recommend activities that are right for your child and explain how often or frequently they can be done.
For older children and teens, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation experts at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation can develop a comprehensive exercise program tailored to your child’s age and cardiovascular fitness level. Our rehabilitation experts monitor your child’s heart function, blood pressure, and oxygen levels as the activity level is slowly increased during a period of several months.
Managing a chronic condition can be stressful for children and parents. Our experts can refer you to a psychologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital who can teach you and your child techniques to reduce stress and anxiety about living with an arrhythmia and direct you to our support group for families with a child at risk of a life-threatening arrhythmia. Ongoing support for children and families is provided as part of our Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
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