Holter monitoring is a way to continuously check the electrical activity of the heart. Your child will wear a small device called a Holter monitor for at least 24 to 48 hours. The device constantly checks your child's heart during this time, even while away from the doctor's office. This is different from electrocardiography (ECG). ECG checks the heart for only a few minutes.
Your child's regular healthcare provider will likely refer you to a pediatric cardiologist for this test. This is a doctor with special training to diagnose and treat heart problems in children.
Some reasons for your child's Holter monitoring are:
Holter monitoring is done as follows:
Once the monitoring is complete, you or your healthcare provider will remove the electrodes and monitor from your child. The provider will look at the information from the monitor.
Depending on the results of the monitoring, your child’s provider may order other tests.
Before you agree to the test or the procedure for your child make sure you know: