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  • respiratory arrithmia ?

    Hello everybody,

    it's a long time since I last visited the HCMA forum, you know, sometimes you try not to think about HCM all the time... now I just wanted to know how much I am supposed to worry following my son's last visit. They said my 3 year son showed almost no gradient at all at the echo, which sounds very good, but the ECG revealed something like a "respiratory arrithmia", so the cardiologist prescribed that my son carries a Holter for one day rather sooner than later in order to detect... what ?
    That's what I want to ask you. What is a "respiratory arrithmia" like and what consequences might entail ? What might the cardiologist be looking for ?
    Thank you for your helping.

    Giovanni from Rome (Italy)

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    Re: respiratory arrithmia ?

    I am not sure what they mean by that term and there may also be some translation issues with this for us here in the USA.

    Ask the doctor what kind of rythm they saw - was it tachy or brady (fast or slow) and how long did it last.

    Best wishes,
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
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    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


    • #3
      Re: respiratory arrithmia ?

      Sometimes small children's heartrates will vary with whether they're breathing in or out. That might be what they're talking about.


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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        Re: respiratory arrithmia ?


        They are most likely talking about how a childs heart will speed up and then slow down at times with the breathing patterns. This is very common in children. It's called sinus arrythmias or respiratory arrythmias. The holter will show them if this is normal or abnormal. We will keep ya'll in our prayers.

        God Bless!
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        Wife of Tommy Hall passed 9/22/07
        HOCM, (AA x2, CABG, RFA, Myectomy x2, Maze)
        Tomy 13
        Amber 25
        grandchildren Aiden 6, Maddie 4