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University Children's Health Heart Center
The Only Dedicated Pediatric Heart Center in South Texas

Interventional Cardiology

Pediatric interventional cardiology is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat some heart disease in children. During this procedure, a pediatric heart specialist will thread a long, thin tube called a catheter into the heart through a blood vessel.

Interventional heart procedures are performed at University Hospital in a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab just for children. In this specialized heart cath lab, our pediatric cardiologists can diagnose and treat many heart problems without major surgery.

Sometimes a procedure is done to diagnose a problem—allowing the doctor to take special pictures, or angiograms, inside the heart or blood vessels, make measurements or take a tiny tissue sample. Some congenital heart defects can also be improved or corrected through a variety of interventional procedures.

Each of our team members in the pediatric cardiac catheterization lab is certified in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Children of all ages—from newborns to teens and everyone in between—may be good candidates for pediatric interventional cardiology.

Our specialized heart cath team treats:

  • Aortic valve stenosis
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Branch pulmonary artery stenosis
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Ventricular septal defect
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