Interventional Heart Catherization
(Balloons, Stents and Coils)
An interventional heart catheterization is a special heart catheterization that may correct some types of heart defects. These are some of the more common defects that can be corrected with an interventional heart cath.
A narrowed heart valve or vessel may be dilated with a special balloon catheter. This catheter is gently blown up, for a brief period, then flattened and removed. Your child will be discharged from the hospital 6-23 hours after the heart catheterization. Your child can be followed by your local heart doctor after discharge.
Stents are wire devices that are placed in narrowed arteries to keep them open.
A coil may be placed in a blood vessel when there is an abnormal connection between two blood vessels. This coil will block the abnormal connection. This occurs with a patent ductus arteriosus. Your child will be discharged a few hours after the heart cath. Your child can be followed by your local heart doctor after discharge.
2006: Information reviewed and approved by Laura Bell, RN, MSN, PNP Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Lynda Dettling RN, BSN.
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