Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention

Our commitment to keeping you safe

We have never taken for granted the sacred trust you place in us to care for your child, and today we are more grateful than ever for that privilege. To learn about all the ways we are working to keep you, your family and our team members safe, visit our COVID-19 updates page.

Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention

Leading the way and delivering better outcomes today – and tomorrow

When your child needs cardiac catheterization and intervention, you want specialized, compassionate care. The procedure itself is a safe, minimally invasive and reliable method for evaluating and treating certain forms of pediatric heart disease – even in high-risk children with complex conditions. Our program is one of the most experienced in the country, with specialists performing approximately 750 pediatric catheterization procedures each year. We deliver care with a personalized approach that prioritizes peace of mind.

Treatments and Services

  • Ablation
  • Amplatzer
  • Angiogram
  • Arch advancement
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty
  • Biopsy
  • Coarctectomy
  • COAST covered stent
  • Defect closure
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Heart valve repair and replacement:
  • Helex device closure
  • Patch closure
  • Pre-surgical testing
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Right ventricular to pulmonary artery conduit
  • Ross procedure
  • Transannular patch
  • Transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation
  • Valve-sparing repair

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Radiation-free Catheterization

We are one of the few centers worldwide that performs radiation-free cardiac catheterizations using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology.

Our mission is to reduce radiation burden for our patients and collect unique data sets to improve patient care and outcomes.

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World-renowned pediatric cardiologists right here in North Texas

Our partnership with the physicians at UT Southwestern allows us to bring world-class care to children and families in North Texas, and all around the country. In addition, the pediatric cardiologists are known globally for expertise and innovation, and they are frequently invited to present at national and international conferences.

Advancing the standard of care for pediatric heart conditions

Our team is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for your child. We regularly develop, lead and participate in research studies to help our team (and providers around the world) better understand pediatric heart conditions and create new treatments to help children live healthy lives. Our pediatric cardiologists were the first to perform ductal stenting and transcatheter valve insertion right here in Dallas, which are now national standards of care.

My daughter, who was born at just 26 weeks gestation, had access to a cutting-edge procedure that successfully closed her PDA and allowed her to gain the strength she needed to come home.
Alison, patient parent

We also:

  • Participate in an early feasibility study for an innovative heart procedure on pediatric patients who would typically need open heart surgery. The medical innovation company conducting the study is a global leader in medical innovations in structural heart disease and has created a new heart valve stent that allows physicians to downsize a patient’s pulmonary artery and use a transcatheter valve. This type of stent replacement – completely new to the pediatric population – will save young patients from open heart surgery and the complications that can follow
  • Partner with the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health for research on complex cardiac conditions and treatments, including biodegradable stents for congenital heart disease 
  • Offer access to percutaneous devices to support the left and right ventricles, and have completed pre-clinical studies for the only pediatric percutaneous ventricle assist device (VAD) available to patients
  • Use MRI guidance to reduce your child’s exposure to radiation 
  • Use 3-D printing, MRI and CT imaging to create a customized map for your child’s procedure

Meet the Care Team