Congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects are categorized into two groups, acyanotic heart defects and cyanotic heart defects. Both defects prevent the heart from correctly pumping blood. In an acyanotic heart defect, the blood flows from the left side to the right side of the heart because of a structural defect. However, the level of oxygen in the blood is not visibly affected. A cyanotic heart defect causes low levels of oxygen in the blood which can result in a blue tint to the patient’s skin.
University Children’s Health Heart Center offers diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and outpatient basis from our home in University Health System. Our Heart Center team will utilize a number of tests to diagnose your child’s congenital heart disease and to create a treatment plan that’s right for your child. Our pediatric heart specialists stay up to date with the very latest surgical treatments, as well as minimally invasive interventional cardiology treatments. We offer:
- Diagnostic imaging with CT and MRI
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization