Cardiac Catheterization

Doctors prepare for a pediatric cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac catheterization specifically designed for children is one of the many pediatric cardiology services our Nemours children's heart experts offer to ensure your child's healthy future. Pediatric cardiac catheterization is a non-surgical procedure that can be used for both diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions in children.

Learn More About Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization

Your child's doctor may recommend a pediatric cardiac catheterization if there's a problem with your child’s heart (called “diagnostic catheterization”) or possibly to even repair the problem (known as “interventional catheterization.”)

Catheterization in children is performed by inserting a thin plastic, flexible tube (called a “catheter”) into an artery and vein that lead to the heart. Pediatric cardiac catheterization (sometimes also called ʺpediatric heart catheterizationʺ) is done under sedation with local anesthesia or under general anesthesia, depending on your child’s age and condition.

A cardiac catheterization is completely painless – and our pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists will make sure your child is comfortable throughout the procedure.