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Pacemaker for 3 year old

My three-year-old has congenital second degree AV block. We have been told to expect that it will progress to 3rd degree heart block at some point and a pacemaker will be needed. Most recently, we did a holter due to issues during his sleep (restlessness and crying often about his feet feeling "prickly"). The monitor showed that during his sleep, my son's heart rate is dropping to 36 beats per minute. During the day, he has more 2nd degree heart block than in the past, and his average heart rate is down. He gets as low as 40-50 beats per minute during the day, but was still able to reach 152 beats per minute when running. He has not yet shown 3rd degree heart block, and he doesn't seem to have symptoms during the day other than having a hard time waking up, and seeming crankier than usual. Here is my question. If he doesn't have complete heart block yet, how low of a heart rate is too low when sleeping? At what point do we say, "We can't let his heart rate drop any lower at night, so it's time for a pacmaker."? Just so you know, the cardiologists will discuss his numbers and decide whether or not he needs a pacemaker this Friday. I just have been thinking a lot about it and would appreciate a medical opinion. Thanks in advance.
Stacey
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16292 tn?1189759421
You need to post your question under the ask an expert forum.  Good luck!! If you can't get in today, try posting first thing tomorrow morning.  
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Well Im 20 and I was just recently in may diginosed with coxsakie.b virus which cause heart problems.ect and other things.but now in october during the amount of time I go back and.forth to hospital to get my heart check a difference had been shown I have first degree hb. I DONT KNOW if this was caused by coxsaki.b considerin I hadnt had any test re did to see if I still had it. One doctor tried to be smart and try to tell me I had it when I was born when I ask how I got it and I tell him how is that possible if out of all the time I been in the hospital to get my heart monitored until now in this month 1st degree heart block now appearing??? Frighten I really hope its not the.coxsakie.b virus cause people die.from heart attacks and I have two babies ,age 1 and foir month I cant afford to leave them behind :(
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1807132 tn?1318747197
You may want to start your own thread to get a better response.  I personally don't have a lot of experience with blocks but from what I understand 1st degree isn't something to be concerned about.  Try to not stress too much as that will just make your heart act up more.  Take care and feel better soon.
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