Tachycardia in the child – Niakoro

Tachycardia in the child

Tachycardia in the child

Normally the heart rate (HR) rises with the exercise to increase the amount of blood across the lungs and thus get higher oxygen to the tissues that will require more energy. The maximum heart HR is 220 minus age, so children have a higher maximum HR than adults, as example a 5-year-old can reach at 215 bpm (220-5 yr = 215 bpm) when running at high intensity.

If the child shows chest pain or chest discomfort when running could be signs of alarm. Your pediatrician will assess the need for an appointment by a specialized cardiologist.

Some situations make the heart go faster, for example anemia (less haemoglobin, so the heart compensates by increasing the heart rate to increase the oxygen transportation) or hormonal alterations, among them hyperthyroidism (the elevation of thyroids increases the heart rate), and conversely, in hypothyroidism the heart goes slower.

In case of palpitations the pediatrician should be consulted and blood analysis should be performed to rule out extracardiac abnormalities. 

If you want to ask a specific question, please send an email to niakoroweb@gmail.com


Dra.Dimpna Albert
  • Enfocada en insuficiencia cardiaca y trasplante cardiaco infantil.
  • Cardiólogo pediátrico en King Faisal Specialist Hospital & RC en Riad.
  • Director médico del programa de Trasplante infantil del Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona 2010-2019.
  • Miembro del Educational Committee de la Asociacion Europea de Cardiología pediátrica (AEPC) 2016-hoy.
  • Focus in the care of children with severe heart failure and pediatric cardiac transplantation.
  • Pediatric cardiologist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & RC in Riyadh.
  • Medical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona. Spain 2010-2019
  • Member of Educational Committee of the Association for the European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC) 2016-present.
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