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Pediatric Cardiac Procedures

Once your child's condition is diagnosed by the pediatric cardiologist, there may be several options to correct the problem.  Some children may not require any intervention, but will simply be checked at intervals by the congenital heart team.  Others may be treated with medication, a catheterization procedure or surgery. 

Sacred Heart has long been a leader in the treatment of heart disease and has pioneered a variety of procedures, including minimally-invasive and robotic surgeries that result in less pain, tiny incisions and faster recovery. The medical staff of the Children’s Hospital includes board certified pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. 

Cardiac Catheterization

The cardiac catheterization laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility used for diagnosis and interventional procedures. Cardiac catheterization uses small tubes, called catheters, which are passed through the chambers of the heart and vessels, to measure pressures. This process provides important information on the heart condition, and helps determine if a surgical procedure may be necessary to repair an abnormality.

Interventional catheterizations treat some heart conditions without surgery.  Procedures offered include: valvuloplasty, angioplasty, PDA Closure, coil embolization of vessels, stenting of coarctation of the aorta/vessels, atrial septal defect (ASD) closure, patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure, mitral valvuloplasty, catheter ablation.  

Treatment for arrhythmia

The electrophysiologist The electrophysiologist uses various methods to correct a defect:
  • Radiofrequency ablation or cryoblation - a non-surgical treatment for abnormal heart rhythm in which a long, flexible wire is passed into the heart to repair the precise area of the heart causing the arrhythmia.
  • Pacemaker - device implanted in the chest to regulate heart rate and rhythm.
  • Implanted cardioverter defibrillators - monitors cardiac activity to detect ventricular fibrillation and immediately produces an electrical shock to correct the heart rhythm when necessary.