Interventional Cardiology Program

The doctors in our Pediatric and Adult Congenital Interventional Cardiology Program specialize in cardiac catheterization, a safe and commonly performed procedure for diagnosing and treating many heart problems in children and adults. Our doctors frequently use cardiac catheterization procedures to repair problems that once required open-heart surgery.

During cardiac catheterization, the doctor inserts a catheter (a small, thin, flexible tube) through a tiny incision in the groin or neck, then threads it through blood vessels to reach the heart using X-ray guidance. Through these catheters doctors measure pressures and collect blood samples for analysis. Some specialized catheters even allow doctors to fix heart problems, including closing holes in the heart or replacing heart valves

Children have smaller hearts and blood vessels than adults, and they require different sedation and monitoring because of their size, age and ability to cooperate. The cardiologists, nurses and anesthesiologists on our interventional cardiology team are specially trained in the unique needs of children, including infants born prematurely or at low birth weights.

Here at UCSF, you and your child have access to the latest cardiac techniques and technologies, as well as a variety of support services to help you navigate your care. Our team has been instrumental in developing new interventional heart therapies for children and adults with congenital heart disease, and we are actively evaluating additional promising treatments in clinical trials.

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      One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes