My daughter is 4 years old. She had a sucessful correction of an atrioventricular septall defect when she was six months old in October 2006.
Since then she has had great check ups and echos. She does have minimal leakage from her mitral valve.
This afternoon, she was sitting on her little couch, eating yogurt and watching TV. She walked in the other room with an indescribible look and she said that it felt like someone was ripping her chest apart.
I asked her where it hurt and it was right in the middle on top of the breastbone. She also said that her heart was beating fast and she was breathing rapidly....maybe because of the pain?
Can it be plueresy? (sp) Or is it too far past her surgery to have complications from her heart?
It is very good to hear that your daughter is doing so well 3 1/2 years after her open heart surgery for an atrioventricular canal defect. It would be highly unlikely for her to have heart pain at rest related to that surgery. More often, chest pain in children of this age is musculoskeletal in origin. And since she had a previous sternotomy, there can be bony pain in that area with growth. It is hard to know if her heart rate was elevated due to the pain, or if it was a primary cardiac arrhythmia that she was feeling. I would suggest taking her pulse rate if it happens again. It is also important to let her primary cardiologist know of these episodes.
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