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Pediatric cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure performed by the highly trained pediatric interventional cardiologists at AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children. The doctor can take a close look at the structures inside the heart and, in some cases, perform additional procedures that eliminate the need for heart surgery. Our kids' cath lab is designed with the child in mind, to put the whole family at ease.

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Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization

What is it All About?

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Who is eligible for pediatric cardiac catheterization?

Pediatric heart catheterization can be performed on children of any age — even newborns immediately after birth.

What is a pediatric cardiac catheterization?

Pediatric cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiological (EP) studies and cardiac ablations are procedures used to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease in children. Catheterizations involve inserting a tiny catheter through a vein and/or artery leading to the heart to:

  • Look at the anatomy of the heart
  • Obtain tissue samples for biopsy
  • Open the atrial septum in order to treat certain pediatric congenital heart problems
  • Close small holes inside the heart (such as with atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect)
  • Strategically block blood flow in a blood vessel (such as with patent ductus arteriosus or pulmonary collateral vessels)
  • Place stents in arteries to keep them open
Will my child be sedated?

Pediatric cardiac catheterization and EP studies can range from one to five hours and, rarely, longer. We know such procedures can be scary for kids. At AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, our pediatric cardiology specialists will provide a sedative to either relax or fully sedate your child, considering their comfort and wellness as much as possible.

After the procedure, your child will lie on a bed for a few hours immediately following the procedure. Once the nurse has assessed the patient, family members can be brought back to visit. Once a room becomes available, your child will be transported to his or her overnight stay room.

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A Word from Our Medical Director

Matthew Zussman, MD, Pediatric Interventional Cardiology

Meet Dr. Zussman and learn about the innovative ways AdventHealth for Children treats children's heart problems.