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Cardiac Catherization Program

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Learn about our cardiac catheterization procedures and when they are used to treat a child's heart condition.

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Cardiac catheterization refers to procedures that use a catheter to diagnose and treat heart conditions. A catheter is a long thin tube that we place into a blood vessel to reach the heart. At Children’s National Heart Institute, our team is at the forefront of innovation in the field of cardiac cath, actively involved in researching the latest devices and techniques. We perform more than 600 catheterization procedures per year, translating into a high level of experience and expertise. 

Cardiac Catheterization at Children’s National: Why Choose Us

Cardiac catheterization is a valuable tool in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. It provides detailed images and information about the structure of your child’s heart and how it works. Catheterization technology has evolved past diagnosis into a minimally invasive interventional treatment option as well. Many times, patients can have a cardiac catheterization procedure and avoid a more invasive surgery.

Features of our cardiac cath program include:

  • Experienced team. All members of our cardiac cath team have specialized training in interventional cardiac catheterization. In addition, we are one of the few pediatric heart centers to guarantee that a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist will be available 24/7 to care for your child’s anesthesia needs.  
  • Advanced technology. We offer all of the cardiac catheterization treatments that are currently available in the United States. Our team has extensive experience with each of the available treatment devices so we can choose the one that best suits your child’s needs. We also have an advanced procedure room, combining cardiac catheterization with the sophisticated imaging of a cardiac MRI. Learn more about our cardiac MRI suite.
  • Clinical trials. We don’t just use cardiac cath treatments—we are at the forefront of investigating and developing them. We are part of research studies testing the latest devices, and we offer our patients the opportunity to participate in these clinical trials.
  • NIH collaboration. Our partnership with the National Institutes of Health has helped push our program to the top of the field. With the combined expertise, resources, and experience of Children’s National and NIH, we are able to offer the most innovative treatment and technology available.
  • Child-centered care. We take steps to make your child’s experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. From our cheerful, welcoming rooms to a heart team that focuses solely on pediatric heart care, you can feel confident that your child is in expert, compassionate hands.

Cardiac Catheterization: Treatments We Provide

When your child needs a cardiac catheterization procedure, there are a number of treatment options available. Our team has the experience and resources to use all of the treatment devices available. We will discuss the benefits and risks of each option with you and choose the approach that offers your child the best outcome.

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