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    Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure used to diagnose and treat heart conditions. A long tube or catheter is inserted into a vein or artery, allowing access to the heart. The procedure is often used to treat congenital heart defects in infants, children and adults instead of open-heart surgery.

    The Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center's philosophy is to avoid surgery whenever possible. Procedures are also minimized by combining diagnostic and interventional catheterizations when possible. Our full-service cardiac catheterization capabilities include a biplane lab – the most advanced technology that minimizes radiation exposure – dedicated to diagnostic evaluation and therapy in children.

    Our interventional cardiac team has expertise in:

    • Balloon valvuloplasty for aortic valve or pulmonary valve and mitral valve stenoses
    • Closure of PDA and anomalous blood Vessels
    • Creation of atrial septal defects when clinically needed (eg. pulmonary hypertension)
    • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
    • - Management of intact atrial septum
      - Hybrid palliation
    • Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE)
    • Radiofrequency perforation for pulmonary atresia
    • Septal defect device closure of most atrial and some ventricular septal defects (ASDs, VSDs, PFOs)
    • Stent Implantation for:
         - Branch pulmonary artery stenosis
         - Aortic coarctation
         - Stenotic conduits and homografts
         - Baffle obstruction in Mustard and Senning for patients with transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
    • Superior vena cava reconstruction for SVC syndrome or thrombosis

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