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Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization

Key Points about Cardiac Catheterization

  • Cardiac catheterization is a procedure in which a long, flexible tube (catheter) is put into a blood vessel. The doctor then guides the catheter into the heart to find and treat heart problems.
  • Your child might need a cardiac catheterization to diagnose a heart problem or to fix an already existing problem (such as a congenital heart defect); diagnostic and interventional catheterizations may also be performed.
  • The procedure is done in a cardiac catheterization (cath) lab in a hospital. Your child's doctor and a specially trained staff of nurses and technicians will be alongside your child throughout the process.
  • What is cardiac catheterization?
  • Why might my child need a cardiac catheterization?
  • What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?
  • How do I get my child ready for a cardiac catheterization?
  • What happens during cardiac catheterization?
  • What happens after cardiac catheterization?
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Cardiac Catheterization

Our heart team performs hundreds of cardiac catheterization procedures a year, treating patients of all ages, including those with complex heart conditions.

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.

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