Page 29

Mended Little HeartGuide

Diagnosis 3 In The More and more procedures are being done in the cath lab instead of in the operating room, and catheterization has provided a great alternative for some types of heart disease that would have required surgery in the past. Some interventions done via catheterization include opening up tight valves, closing unwanted holes or vessels in various chambers of the heart, evaluating and treating abnormal heart rhythms and even replacing some types of valves without surgery. This is an invasive test, meaning that needles and tubes are put into the child’s body, so it is only used when it is really needed. Because it is invasive, there are risks associated with it, but most children do well. Radiation is used in catheterization so that doctors can see images of the heart and vessels during the procedure. Before a cardiac cath, the child will typically be anesthetized so that they are not awake during the procedure. This is sometimes done via an IV in the arm. The child may be told not to eat or drink for a period of time before the procedure so that he or she doesn’t get sick from the anesthetics. The child is then taken to the cath lab. (You can look at pictures of cath labs online. If your child is undergoing a catheterization, some hospitals will show you the cath lab if it will make you more comfortable.) During the cath, long hollow tubes are inserted through the skin and placed in various chambers of the heart to measure pressures, take pictures of various structures and perform interventions on the heart. These tubes may be inserted through the groin, neck or other areas of the body. After the cath, the child will have to lay flat for a period of time to make sure there is no bleeding where the tube went into the body. Recovery time from cath procedures is usually much shorter than for surgery. Sometimes, the child will be able to go home that evening; in other cases, they will remain in the hospital for one or more nights to recover. 1 General Information 2 Prenatal Hospital 4 Living With CHD 5 Forms 29


Mended Little HeartGuide
To see the actual publication please follow the link above