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At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test. We invite you to take part.
Learn about the test and how you can help.
A Holter monitor is a small recording device that takes a nonstop EKG reading of the heart. An EKG measures the electrical beats of the heart.
The test does not hurt, and all testing takes place outside of the body.
Your child will wear the device for 1 – 2 days when issued in the office, or 3 – 7 days for mailed tests.
The test will monitor their heart during normal activities, such as:
You'll need to keep a diary of your child's symptoms, changes of activity, or other unique events during the testing period. This will help the doctor link these events with any changes in the EKG.
After the test is complete, you must return the Holter monitor within 1 business day via the provided UPS packaging.
It's a painless test that records your child's EKG for 24 hours.
There are just a few things you need to be aware of to prep for your child's Holter monitor test.
When the test is over:
The most crucial thing you can do is to help make sure the Holter monitor test gathers all the needed data.
You can do that by:
When you return the Holter monitor, you do not need to bring your child with you or wait for the results.
If your child has any special needs or health issues, please call the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital before the test.
For the main campus in Lawrenceville, dial 412-692-5540 and ask to speak with a nurse. For our center in Harrisburg, call 717-761-0200.
It's important to let us know in advance about any special needs your child might have. The more we know about your child's needs, the better we can help them have a smooth and successful test.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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