My son has a heart condition called Ventricular Tachycardia. It started when he was 4, I believe and was found last year when he was 8. It can be a serious condition, but at the moment, his cardio isn't worried about his immediate health.This is the thing that often kills teens during sports...and causes sudden unexplained death in adults. His cardio isn't worried about that happening at the moment. I should mention that he's one of the best cardios in the country. Ok, here's where it gets confusing. His cardio things that fixing this is an elective procedure right now, but would be completely covered by insurance if we were to decide to have it fixed. Often, people grow out of it, but it can become worse at puberty. His heart function is good, but the heartrate is abnormal almost 50% of the time. It's worse while he sleeps. He has no real symptoms, but says that sometimes he feels dizzy.
Monitoring this costs us 2500 a year. The surgery costs 30,000, but would be completely covered and would fix the problem where there was no need to monitor it anymore.
Also, although the cardio says that there is no dietary or natural treatment for this, I've been reading that sometimes lack of vit. D, Potassium, and magnesium can cause this. My son eats almost no vegetables or fruits.
If my husband were to get laid off and then my son needed this surgery, we would not be able to afford it. My thinking is that we should fix it while we can afford to. I'm against elective procedures though. Maybe I can treat this with nutrition, although the dr. says that's highly unlikely...but of course adds that it wouldn't hurt. I worry about my son while he's sleeping and check on him first thing every morning as soon as I wake up.
I need some 3rd party decision help here. What would you do as a parent...fix it now or work on nutrition and keep monitoring it. There's no real threat of a layoff right now, but in this economy....
I should add that fixing it involves ablation through the veins and not open heart surgery.
thanks in advance