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Cardiac Catheterization

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our pediatric interventional cardiologists are renowned for their expertise in diagnosing and treating congenital and acquired heart problems in children, as well as congenital heart disease in adults. These experts use sophisticated catheters--thin, flexible tubes--that are threaded into a vessel and then guided into the heart to perform tests or to treat heart defects.

Our commitment to using the latest techniques and equipment brings many benefits to our patients, enabling them to recover quickly, experience fewer complications, and spend less time in the hospital. Because they are more sensitive to invasive procedures, our smallest and sickest patients benefit the most from our advanced approach.

High Volume, Excellent Outcomes

Comer Children's Hospital pediatric cardiologists have several years of experience performing pediatric and congenital cardiac catheterization procedures. Each year, our experts do approximately 500 catheterization procedures (65 percent are interventional treatments, 35 percent diagnostic). We perform more atrial septal defect closures than any other catheterization lab. We've maintained a remarkably high success rate treating patients of all ages--from newborns to those well into their 80s. For more than five years, we have had no mortalities in the cath lab, and have had very few complications.

State-of-the-Art Catheterization Suites

All catheterization procedures performed at Comer Children's Hospital are done in catheterization suites designed solely for the treatment of pediatric and congenital heart disease. These special procedure rooms (also called cath labs) are equipped with the latest technology, including high-definition imaging tools and advanced catheterization instruments small enough to treat even the youngest patients. These new technologies greatly improve care while minimizing risks to our patients. For example, our new flat-panel fluoroscopy (X-ray) machines used during cath procedures can be moved in ways that older models cannot--enabling our physicians to get better images of the heart and blood vessels while reducing radiation exposure. Innovative imaging tools like these are not available at most hospitals.

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