Holter Monitoring

When symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, prolonged fatigue, or heart palpitations, continue without a definitive diagnosis from a routine electrocardiogram (ECG), your child's may need an ECG for a longer period. Certain arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) can cause symptoms and may occur only sporadically, or may occur only under certain conditions, such as stress. Arrhythmias of this type are difficult to obtain on an ECG tracing that only runs for a few minutes.

A prolonged type of ECG tracing, called a Holter monitor, gives the doctor a better opportunity to see any abnormal heartbeats or rhythms that may be causing your child's symptoms.

The Holter monitor test is used to record your child's ECG tracing continuously for 24-72 hours. You will receive instructions on how to keep a diary of your child's activities and symptoms during the test, and personal care and activity instructions.

How is Holter Monitor Procedure Done?

The following steps provide information about how a Holter monitor procedure is done:

ECG electrodes will be placed on your child's chest using an innovative one-piece patch that is a small all in one device. The ECG monitor is small and portable.

Once your child has been hooked up to the monitor and you have been given instructions, he or she will be allowed to return to his or her usual activities, such as playing and going to school, unless the doctor instructs you otherwise.

At the end of the procedure, you and your child will return to the doctor's office to have the electrodes/monitor discontinued. Depending on the results of the Holter monitor, additional tests or procedures may be scheduled to gather further diagnostic information.