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Telephone Transmission

Telephonic transmission is used to help the cardiologist know about your child's heart rate and rhythm. If your child has a pacemaker, telephonic transmission will tell the doctor if the pacemaker is working properly.

How to use the transmitter:

You will receive a transmitter. This machine changes the electrical activity in the heart to sounds. These sounds are sent to the doctor's office, where a receiver changes them into an EKG. If your child has a pacemaker, this test is very important because it also tells the doctor if the battery in the pacemaker is becoming weak.
  1. Instruct your child to lie down in a comfortable position next to the phone.
  2. Snap the lead wires onto the electrode. Peel off the protective paper on the back and place electrodes on bare chest: white on the right side of the chest and black on the left side of the chest.
  3. Call the Transtelephonic Center at 757-623-3258.
  4. Press “POWER” to turn on the unit. Place phone in cradle.
  5. Tell your child to relax and stay still.
  6. If your child has a pacemaker, place the magnet directly over the pacemaker. CAUTION: The magnet is very strong – do not place it near items which could be damaged by a strong magnetic field (such as a television or computer disks).
  7. After 30 seconds, remove the magnet and continue to transmit for another 30 seconds.
  8. Turn off your device when the transmission is complete. Pick up the phone and talk with the clinician.

Transmission Schedule:

Your cardiologist will suggest a transmission schedule for you to follow. Call the Transtelephonic Center at 757-623-3258. For routine transmissions please call Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. DO NOT TRANSMIT USING A CELLULAR PHONE.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 11/2008