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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
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If your child needs a heart catheterization, there’s no better place for that procedure than Boston Children’s Hospital. As part of the #1 ranked Heart Center, we are home to the largest pediatric catheterization program in the U.S., with five fulltime dedicated interventional cardiologists who perform over 1,400 catheterizations each year on infants through young adults. Please contact us today for a consultation or second opinion.
For more than 30 years, our program has led efforts to develop and improve innovative catheterization procedures, partnering with families' local healthcare providers to care for each child's unique needs. We’ve created new approaches to common problems, like holes in the heart and narrowed valves. These problems can often be treated by catheterization, rather than open-heart surgery. We also specialize in treating rare, life-threatening problems that require extremely nuanced technical skills. Examples include combined catheter and medical treatment of pulmonary vein stenosis, innovative catheter and surgical approaches to multiple left heart obstructions, and replacement of pulmonary valves using only catheters in patients who have already had operations for Tetralogy of Fallot.
Cardiac catheterization is a non-surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and treat many heart conditions.
By threading a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in your child’s groin or upper arm, the catheterizer can steer the tube into her heart to take blood samples, take pictures, and even deliver treatment devices. This can be done painlessly (through the use of anesthesia) and without stitches or an incision to heal.
By using the catheter to deliver different tools to the heart, doctors can:
The uses of cardiac catheterization have grown tremendously over the last 10 years, especially in treating congenital heart disease. The catheterization program at Boston Children's Hospital has the tools, dedicated expertise and integration with other programs necessary to successfully treat the full range of congenital heart problems in children and adults.
We handle every type of intervention in use today, including:
Cardiologists can often understand the structure of your child’s heart by using non-invasive imaging tests, such as ultrasound (echocardiography) and cardiac MRI. In some cases, certain parts of the heart or circulation are best seen by introducing a catheter into the structure itself. In addition to taking pictures from inside these structures, the catheterization procedure allows the cardiologist to directly measure pressures in different parts of the heart. Because the heart is a pump, measuring the pressures in the pump can be very important in understanding a heart disease, guiding treatment and assessing response to treatment.
Peter Lang, MD, is a Boston Children’s cardiologist who specializes in cardiac catheterization. Here he describes how a catheterization is performed and why.
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