Remote Monitoring for Children

Patients with cardiac devices such as pacemaker, ICD or ILR have the option of remote monitoring from home. This provides information about the device function (including how the leads are functioning and battery life), abnormal heart rhythm and signs of heart failure to your cardiology team. This allows your cardiology team to continue to monitor your device from home.

Remote monitoring requires monitoring equipment that is given to you to take home and/or a smart phone application that can help send this information to a centralized computer server which can accessed by your cardiologist. Depending on the type of device you have, remote monitoring can occur automatically based on alerts that are programmed in the device related to device function or clinical events. For non-automatic devices, remote monitoring checks are initiated by the patient for concerns of symptoms or on a regular schedule (usually every 3 months).

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Heart Rhythm Disorders
Millions of people experience irregular or abnormal heartbeats, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Most of the time, they are harmless and happen in healthy people free of heart disease. However, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Having other types of heart disease can also increase the risk of arrhythmias.
Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
This section is for pediatric patients and families living with heart rhythm disorders and heart rhythm disorders related to congenital heart disease (CHD).
Early Warning Signs
If you are experiencing a racing, pounding, rumbling or flopping feeling in your chest or if you have been fainting, having repeated dizzy spells, feeling lightheaded or you are extremely fatigued, it's time to see a doctor to discuss your heart health.
Common Treatments
Learning about the underlying cause of any heart rhythm disorder provides the basis for selecting the best treatment plan. Information and knowledge about care options, and their risks and benefits help you work with your health care provider to make the best choices.
Since other heart disorders increase the risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms, lifestyle changes often are recommended. Living a “heart healthy” lifestyle can ease the symptoms experienced with heart rhythm disorders and other heart disorders, and can be beneficial to overall patient health.
The Normal Heart
The heart is a fist-sized muscle that pumps blood through the body 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without rest. The normal heart is made up of four parts: two atria on the top of the heart (right atrium and left atrium), and two ventricles (right ventricle and left ventricle) which are the muscular chambers on the bottom of the heart that provide the major power to pump blood.