Cardiac Cath Lab

State of the Heart

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A child's heart is a small, muscular workhorse about the size of the little one's fist, most of us expect to work perfectly until old age.

But eight out of every 1,000 babies are born with heart defects. The defects can range from less complicated defects like atrial septum defect (ASD), a "hole" in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart, to more complex defects like tetralogy of Fallot, which includes and obstruction from the heart to the lungs.

At CHKD, a team of seven pediatric cardiologists now has a brand new cardiac catheterization lab to diagnose an array of heart defects in children and perform life-saving interventions, just one of the ways the Heart Center makes CHKD More Than A Hospital.

"Our new cath lab used advanced technology that reduces radiation exposure," said Dr. Michael Vance, one of two interventional pediatric cardiologists at CHKD, along with Dr. Elliot Tucker. They can correct defects in the cath lab that once required open-heart surgery, and pediatric cardiologist Dr. John Reed, an electrophysiologist, takes children to our cath lab to perform diagnostic testing and treat abnormal heart rhythms.

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More Than A Hospital