Pediatric Ventricular Fibrillation Follow-up

Updated: Jan 29, 2015
  • Author: Elizabeth A Stephenson, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Howard S Weber, MD, FSCAI  more...
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Patient Education

Families of patients with life-threatening arrhythmias, such as ventricular fibrillation, must be competent in bystander CPR and must be aware of the need for early defibrillation.

Any patient who has averted sudden death or has been identified as at risk for such an event is likely to require psychological support and counseling, as may family members.

Driving can be an issue in adolescents with life-threatening arrhythmias. Individual states have restrictions that must be followed that are often based on a certain length of time that the driver has been free of an event.

In patients with long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, familial dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and other inherited arrhythmia disorders, family members should be evaluated for the presence of the disease.

For patient education resources, see Heart Health Center, as well as Atrial Fibrillation (A fib) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).