Pediatric heart volumes and outcomes

What does this data mean?
In 2013, 1,163 patients were treated in our three cardiac catheterization labs.

This graph shows how many cardiac catheterizations, called heart caths, were done at Children’s in 2013. Our physicians diagnosed or treated 1,163 patients in 2013.  These volumes are among the highest in the country.

What is a heart cath?

A heart cath, is a specialized procedure in which a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein (and/or artery) usually in the groin (leg) and guided into the heart, including:

  • Interventional cardiology: The most common interventional procedures performed at Children's include valvuloplasty, angioplasty, ASD and PDA closures and stent placements. We are also the first pediatric center in Georgia to perform the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve procedure.
  • Diagnostic procedures include right and/or left heart cath, nitric oxide challenge, oxygen challenge, biopsy (with or without right heart cath) and coronary studies.
  • Electrophysiology procedures include tests and treatments related to the electrical system of the heart.
  • Biopsies are completed on heart transplant patients before and after they receive a transplant.
How do we make sure we are providing high-quality care?

When choosing care for your child, you want an experienced team. With such a large volume of patients, our specialists are skilled in treating nearly every heart condition.