Service & Programs

Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

The state of the art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is used to diagnosis and provide valuable clinical information in many forms of congenital heart disease. Catheterization data is often required to reevaluate previously repaired heart defects and to obtain biopsies of the heart muscle for routine or emergent detection of rejection in a transplanted heart. Interventional catheter-based therapies are now standard-of-care for many forms of congenital heart disease that previously could only be treated via open heart surgery.

These relatively non-invasive procedures performed in the catheterization laboratory typically result in a shorter hospital stay and allow a more rapid recovery than conventional heart surgery. Modern catheter-based interventions are also used in combination with surgery (“hybrid” procedure) to maximize the care of our sickest neonates. These hybrid procedures represent the highly expert, cutting edge care utilizing multiple members of the Children’s Heart Center team. Last fiscal year approximately 300 catheterization procedures were performed with optimal results including:

  • Device closures of Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty of Stenotic Valves
  • Intravascular Stent Placements/angioplasties
  • Endomyocardial Biopsies
  • Diagnostic Catheterizations
  • Percutaneous Valve Replacements

Generally, most cardiac catheterization procedures are performed while the child is asleep. Often, sedative medications are given to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed. Other procedures may require general anesthesia that is provided and monitored by a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist.

Cardiac catheterization team members include:

Satinder Sandhu, M.D.