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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
A Holter monitor is a device that performs a prolonged ECG testing. Over the course of at least 24 hours, your child’s heart rate is continuously monitored to capture any abnormalities or rhythms.
ECG electrodes, which connect to a small and portable recording monitor, are placed on your child’s chest.
An event monitor is similar to a holter monitor, and is used to test for symptoms that occur less frequently. There are two kinds:
They are used to help diagnose heart arrhythmias, which can cause dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, prolonged fatigue or heart palpations. Certain arrhythmias occur only sporadically. By monitoring your child’s heart for 24 hours or more, doctors can determine what may be causing your child’s symptoms. A standard or resting ECG, in comparison, only runs for a few minutes.
You’ll be given instructions regarding how to attach and operate the monitor. Here are some tips:
At the end of the testing, you and your child will return to Boston Children’s to have the electrodes removed. Your doctor will typically have results one week after you return the monitor.
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