Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention

Non-surgical treatment of congenital and acquired heart disorders

Our practice offers specialized expertise in the non-surgical treatment of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disorders. The minimally-invasive interventions listed below utilize a catheter – a thin, hollow, flexible tube to study or repair the heart. A trained physician inserts the catheter into an artery of the leg or arm and, using advanced imaging, guides its tip – along with specialized treatment technology – to the heart. Cather-based interventions offer the advantage of faster healing and shorter hospital stays compared to the alternative of open heart or open chest surgery.


Catheter-Based Interventions Offered

  • Balloon valvuloplasty to open stiff (stenotic) aortic and pulmonary valves
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for distal pulmonary artery narrowing (stenosis)
  • Balloon atrial septostomy to improve mixing of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to ensure that the body’s oxygen saturation remains in a safe range
  • Atrial septoplasty or blade septostomy to treat pulmonary hypertension
  • Transcatheter closure (MRI-compatible coil and Amplatzer device) of persistently open patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), atrial septal defect (ASD), Fontan fenestration, and patent foramen ovale – a defect in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart
  • Pericardiocentesis, or pericardial tap, to remove fluid from pericardium (sac around the heart) to be tested for infection, inflammation, presence of blood and cancer.
  • Non-surgical removal of intravascular foreign bodies (such as objects or devices from previous cardiology treatments or procedures)
  • Temporary pacing using electrical stimulation to treat a heart rhythm disorder until it resolves or until long-term therapy can be initiated
  • Vascular occlusion of peripheral vessels