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Heart Catheterization in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about heart catheterization?

Heart catheterization is a procedure that helps diagnose and treat some heart problems. Healthcare providers can measure oxygen levels and pressures in your child's heart. They can also fix problems with the valves, blood vessels, or walls of your child's heart.

How do I prepare my child for heart catheterization?

What will happen during heart catheterization?

What should my child expect after heart catheterization?

What are the risks of heart catheterization?

Your child may bleed more than expected. He or she may need surgery to repair holes in his or her heart or blood vessels made by the catheter. He or she may get a life-threatening blood clot in his or her leg or arm. Your child could have an irregular heartbeat or heart attack. His or her lung could collapse, or he or she could develop an infection.

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