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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Catheterization Lab:
Heart Catheterization Procedure

The Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leaders in interventional cardiac catheterization. By utilizing the latest innovations in imaging technologies, coupled with the newest catheter and device technologies, the cardiologists at The Heart Program are able to routinely perform both simple and complex interventional cardiac catheterization procedures that serve to enhance or, in certain cases, eliminate the need for open-heart surgery.

All currently available interventional heart catheterization procedures are performed including:

  • Transcatheter atrial septal defect device (ASD) closure
  • Standard balloon angioplasty and cutting balloon angioplasty
  • Stent angioplasty for abnormal vessels and coarctation of the aorta
  • Transcatheter and hybrid ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure
  • Transcatheter patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for all age groups and all valves.
 

Heart Catheterization Devices & Techniques

A number of new heart catheterization devices and techniques have been developed or refined at The Heart Program including:
  • Hybrid procedures (combined with surgery) to approach complex cardiovascular conditions
  • Arial septal defect closure using the Gore HELEX® Septal Occluder
  • Radiofrequency energy to treat structural heart disease
  • Replacement of pulmonary valves using Medtronic Melody™ transcatheter valve and delivery system
  • Replacement of pulmonary valves using the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve.

While the catheterization laboratory is a high-tech environment, the program philosophy of high-tech meets high-touch is evident in every aspect of care. Families learn about their child’s heart catheterization procedure in a special pre-catheterization clinic and are encouraged to remain with their child in the cath lab until he or she is comfortably asleep. Blood work is completed while children are sleeping, in keeping with the hospital’s emphasis on minimizing stress. This family focused approach to care has contributed to the program’s international reputation and prominence.

 

Interventional Cardiology


Heart Catherization at Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Learn about Heart Catherization procedures as explained by Dr. Aregullin.
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
 
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Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.

Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.


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