Congenital Heart Outcomes Report

2017 Outcomes Report for Congenital Heart Center

Center Overview 2013-2016

Dedicated Pediatric Catheterization Laboratory

A great number of congenital heart defects can now be treated in the cath lab, requiring only a single day of hospitalization, and eliminating the need for open-heart surgical repair. NewYork-Presbyterian has particular expertise in pediatric interventional cardiology, a unique specialty that involves the non-surgical treatment of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disorders.

The Congenital Heart Center’s pediatric catheterization laboratories offer diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, defibrillator and pacemaker implantations, arrhythmia studies, ablation, and evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Many of the pediatric interventional procedures that have become standard of care worldwide have been developed by interventional cardiologists at the children’s hospitals of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Each year, we perform more than 1,500 diagnostic and interventional transcatheter procedures

Catheter-Based Interventions We Perform Regularly

  • Balloon valvuloplasty of the aortic and pulmonary valves

  • Angioplasty, including dilation and stent implantation to open narrowed arteries and systemic and pulmonary veins, pulmonary arteries, and coarct of aorta conduits

  • Balloon atrial septostomy to improve mixing of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to ensure that the body’s oxygen saturation remains in a safe range

  • Atrial septoplasty and stenting for patients with severe pulmonary hypertension

  • Coil or device closure for ductuses and unwanted vessels

  • All types of device closures for atrial and ventricular septal defects

  • Ablation for arrhythmias

  • Defibrillator and pacemaker implantations

Electrophysiology (EP) Procedures We Perform Regularly

  • Electrophysiology testing

  • Radiofrequency ablation of supraventricular tachycardia

  • Cryoablation of supraventricular tachycardia

  • Ablation of ventricular tachycardia

  • Ablation in congenital heart disease patients

  • Procainamide challenge test

  • Pacemaker implantation

  • ICD implantation

  • Placement of implantable loop monitors

  • Electrical cardioversion

Cardiac Catherization Team

Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization team