Our interventional team at University Children’s Health Heart Center performs a range of pediatric interventional cardiology procedures. Atrial septal defect closures and patent ductus arteriosus closures are among the most common.
We also offer a complete range of pediatric electrophysiology services. We use cardiac catheterization to treat problems with the heart’s electrical system, including arrhythmias (irregular or abnormal heartbeats or heartbeats that are too fast or slow).
Pediatric electrophysiology experts offer:
- ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) implantation
- Implantation of loop recorders to help diagnose the cause of syncope (loss of consciousness) or heart palpitations
- Pacemaker implantation
- Treatment of irregular heartbeat through ablation (creation of scar tissue), either with heat (radiofrequency ablation) or cold (cryoablation)
Before surgery, your child may not be allowed to eat or drink for several hours You will check in at the pediatric cardiac catheterization lab on the day of the procedure. The procedure may last several hours, and our staff members will provide you with frequent updates during this time.
Recovery may take several hours after the cardiac catheterization, and you’ll be able to go into your child’s room during this time. Depending on the child’s age and the particular procedure, your child may have to stay overnight for observation.
We want your child’s stay with us to be as pleasant as possible. Please feel free to bring the following comfort items:
- Favorite blankets, pillows, etc.
- Formula (if your child needs it for feedings)
- Stuffed animals
- Toys, movies, games, etc.