Cardiac catheterization (cath) is a minimally-invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat some cardiovascular conditions. During the cath, the physician inserts a thin hollow tube, called a catheter, into an artery or vein in the patient’s groin, neck or arm. The catheter is then threaded through the blood vessels to the patient’s heart.
In the Children’s Heart Institute cath labs, the cath team performs a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including:
The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers innovative solutions for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. In collaboration with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the affiliated cath team performs a wide variety routine and complex cath procedures.
They collaborate with the cardiac surgeons to perform hybrid procedures that use tools from both catheterization and surgery to help the child in the least invasive way possible.
In addition, the cath team works in collaboration with other departments within Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital to provide our pediatric patients with seamless, comprehensive care.
Specially-trained affiliated pediatric cardiologists and pediatric anesthesiologists, supported by a team of nurses and technologists, perform cardiac cath procedures in our state-of-the-art, child-friendly cath lab. The lab is situated within Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital, in close proximity to related departments and services offered on campus. This provides patients with direct access to multispecialty care from affiliated physicians, should additional needs arise.
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The Children’s Heart Institute is a collaboration between the affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Typically, patients are seen on an outpatient basis at a UT Physicians clinic with all inpatient procedures performed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.