Kids with heart devices (and their parents) may need extra support

Updated:Dec 4,2012

Children with implanted heart-rhythm devices and their parents suffer from a lower quality of life compared with their healthy counterparts — and they may benefit from extra emotional support or therapy, according to a new study.

Children with a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator answered questions about their quality of life. Researches compared responses with questionnaires from children diagnosed with congenital heart disease and responses from healthy children. Parents also responded to questionnaires.

Children with heart devices and their parents reported significantly lower quality of life scores than healthy children and their parents, and their scores were lower than those of children with mild congenital heart disease.

Researchers said the findings should encourage us to develop strategies to manage the effects of these devices on quality of life for pediatric patients.

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