A comprehensive diagnostic test reserved for patients requiring a more invasive evaluation of their heart.
- These studies are performed in our pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization lab - one of the first such labs in the country - using long, hollow, flexible tubes placed in the veins or arteries of the legs, neck or arms.
- A fluoroscope allows the cardiologist to see into the arteries and guide the catheter into the different areas of the heart.
Special preparation required: Food and liquid intake may be curtailed prior to the procedure depending on age, size and condition.
Length of testing procedure: Usually about 30 minutes, but the preparation and recovery time add several hours. The expectation is the patient will spend the night at the hospital – but that is not always the case.
Uses - A cardiac catheterization may be performed on your child to:
• Diagnose or learn more about a heart problem
• Obtain cardiac tissue samples for biopsy
• To locate the origin of an abnormal heart beat and determine how best to treat it
• Treat certain cardiac issues, including certain congenital defects and blood flow obstructions
Sedation/anesthesia required: Yes. All cases are done with cardiac anesthesiologists in attendance who provide sedation and anesthesia.
• Running, skating, jumping or vigorous sports are not recommended for one or two days after the catheterization.
• Swimming is not allowed for approximately one week or until the catheterization site is totally healed.
• Your child may return to school the day after catheterization, unless otherwise directed by the cardiologist.