Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac CatheterizationThere are different types of transcatheter interventions that can be performed in a sterile room (catheterization laboratory) or the surgical suite. Many of the procedures are performed by an interventional cardiologist, who is a pediatric cardiologist, with specialized training in such procedures. An interventional catheterization is considered a therapeutic procedure as it may help dilate an obstructed valve or close an abnormal connection or enlarge an opening whenever it is necessary.

Virtually all of the procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The cardiologist uses a term called transcatheter approach to any interventional catheterization procedure. For example, transcatheter closure of a PDA would mean closure of an abnormal communication with the help of a special catheter and device. Several heart defects may be closed or treated by using the transcatheter approach or surgery.

Our Mission

Children's Heart Specialists, PSC is committed to provide comprehensive pediatric cardiac services to infants, children and young adults. We strive to insure the highest quality in non-invasive cardiovascular testing. Our medical staff is committed to being board certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care with compassion and respect to our patients and their families.

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We do not give any medical advice or recommendations about you or your child's health in this website. The medical information that appears on this website is to be used as a general guide about heart defects and symptoms. Medical advice is discussed at the time of your consultation with Dr. Villafañe.