Event Monitor

The pediatric heart specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, 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 Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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