Learn about our cardiac catheterization procedures and when they are used to treat a child's heart condition.
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 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:
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.
Learn more about some of the treatments we provide:
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