The CHOC Children's Heart Institute offers one of the few pediatric cardiac catheterization programs in the Southern California. Cardiac catheterization can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions and CHOC Children’s proudly offers two laboratories exclusively dedicated to this important form of cardiac diagnosis and treatment. Although catheterization is an invasive procedure that goes inside the body, the risks associated with it are quite low and the tests can provide doctors with important information that other tests cannot. Catheterization can also offer therapeutic treatments for patients with a number of different heart conditions, including congenital heart problems, acquired cardiac disease or dysrhythmias. Among the number of treatment options available through cardiac catheterization is the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve that offers children with failing pulmonary valve conduits a new option for treating pulmonary their condition without open-heart surgery.
Other electrophysicological tests and treatments include:
- Right and/or left heart catheterization.
- Diagnostic angiography.
- Transcatheter valve replacement.
- Intracardiac echocardiography and intravascular ultrasound.
- Endomyocardial biopsy.
- Loop recorder placement.
- Percutaneous cardiac intervention including, but not limited to, closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), patent foramen ovale (PFO), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and ventricular septal defect (VSD), balloon angioplasty or valvuloplasty, closure of collateral vessels, balloon/blade septostomy and stent placement.