This week Aubrey, our almost 4 year old daughter, will hopefully see the last of her heart problem! She will be having a procedure called "Radiofrequency Ablation". Just before Aubrey was born we noticed her heart racing up to 302 beats per minute. It should only reach 160 for a baby. After she was born, she was sent to Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She only had to spend 10 days of her expected 6 week stay! She has SVT, and takes a beta blocker every 8 hrs for this. She wasn't one of the babies to outgrow this condition.
During this procedure, done by catheters, they will cause her heart to race and find out where exactly her extra accessory pathway is and "zap" it. It should take 5-7 hours. We are excited about having this chapter in our lives complete! Please pray it all works out and they can get to it. Some doctors will not do this until the child is 6 or 8, due to their size. She is on the very SMALL end of 3, weighing 30 lbs.
Many people ask us how we had two heart conditions in the same family. They are completely unrelated and neither is genetic. Hers is a rhythm problem and Andrew's is a structural defect. Many doctors are pretty amazed, too. Andrew will never be completely free of his, as he will always have to replace his conduit as he outgrows it. But it should be less often in the future.
Anyway, please pray and we will update all of you as we know something.