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Cardiac catheterization laboratory

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs 400 cases per year, with more than half of these involving transcatheter interventions for congenital heart disease. Categorical cardiology fellows have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our three interventional pediatric cardiologists without competing with other learners. Fellows gain firsthand experience in state-of-the-art interventions for a wide variety of patients, from the Abbott Piccolo device for closure of patent ductus arteriosus in premature infants to transcatheter valve implantations using the Medtronic Melody or Edwards Sapien valves for adult patients with congenital heart disease. Our cath lab team also works with our cardiothoracic surgery team to perform hybrid procedures for more complex interventions.

Cath Cases

Number of cardiac catheterization cases per year

In addition to offering a full range of transcatheter interventions, the cath lab provides cardiology fellows the opportunity to gain valuable diagnostic experience in hemodynamic evaluations for patients with pulmonary hypertension as well as pediatric heart transplant recipients. The cath lab is also the focal point of a major construction project due to be completed this year, during which two new angiographic suites will be installed, including a Hybrid OR suite to facilitate greater collaboration between the cath lab and surgical teams. ACH will be the first pediatric cath lab in the world to utilize Siemens Artis Icono technology.