Event Monitor

The pediatric heart specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, may recommend an event monitor to help identify your child’s heart rhythm during certain situations. Your child may wear an event monitor for a long period of time, such as days or weeks. It will record the heart’s rhythm when certain symptoms occur.

Norton Children’s Heart Institute offers pediatric heart diagnostic services at satellite locations around Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

An event monitor uses self-adhesive electrode patches that stick to the chest. Wires run from the electrodes to the event monitor. Your child will wear the monitor on a strap around the neck or clipped to clothing. When your child feels certain symptoms, such as chest pain, lightheadedness or heart palpitations, you or your child push a button to trigger the event monitor to record.

Types of event monitors include:

  • Automatic monitor: It records on its own whenever symptoms occur, and also can be activated by hand. A child will wear an automatic monitor if symptoms happen only once in a while or while the child is sleeping.
  • Loop recorders: It records not only the symptom that triggers the monitor to record, but also a short period before and after the symptom.
  • Post event recorders: It starts an EKG recording from the moment you or your child triggers it when a symptom occurs.
  • Ambulatory cardiac telemetry (ACT): This kind of monitor requires no activation; it automatically detects, records and transmits the heart’s activity.

Your pediatric cardiologist will determine which kind of monitor is appropriate to best evaluate your child’s heart rhythm.

Why Norton Children’s Heart Institute?

Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, is a comprehensive pediatric heart surgery, heart failure and heart transplant program serving Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond.

The goal of the full-service Norton Children’s Heart Institute is to provide care for the child and the whole family. Our specialists are prepared to repair even the most complex congenital and acquired heart conditions.

Our heart team includes:

  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pediatric transplant surgeons
  • Pediatric cardiologists
    • Fetal cardiologists
    • Adult congenital heart cardiologists
    • Heart failure/heart transplant cardiologists
    • Pediatric electrophysiologists
    • Pediatric cardiac catheterization cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric intensive care physicians
  • Cardiac critical care nurses
  • Critical care pharmacists
  • Family support team
  • Child life specialists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social workers
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