Taylor Hurt, a 12-year-old boy from Cocoa, is passionate about playing basketball. When he started feeling short of breath during games, he and his parents knew something wasn’t right.
Taylor’s parents, Tony and Becky, found pediatric cardiologist Bhavya Trivedi, M.D. at the Florida Hospital for Children. Dr. Trivedi diagnosed Taylor with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), a condition which causes a rapid heartbeat due to an extra electrical pathway. The episodes of a fast heart rate (tachycardia) are not life-threatening, but can cause serious heart problems. Symptoms are usually prevalent between the ages of 11 and 50 and include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting.
Treatment of WPW involves an electrophysiology study, which is a minimally invasive surgery to measure electrical activity in the heart. Once the abnormal pathway is identified, it can be ablated (destroyed) through a process called ablation. However, in Taylor’s case, Dr. Trivedi froze the cells through cryoablation. This process freezes the cardiac tissue or pathways interfering with the normal distribution of electrical impulses.
Only one week later, Taylor was back on the court doing what he loves most. Taylor encourages other kids with heart conditions to stay strong.
To learn more about cardiac conditions in kids, tune in to Dr. Trivedi’s webinar on Wednesday, July 16th! Register online now.