What to expect from the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Cardiac Catheterization Program

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The cardiac catheterization cardiologists with Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, use the newest catheter and device technologies to provide advanced diagnoses and treatment. We are the only program in Kentucky to offer to replace poorly functioning pulmonary valves.

Cardiac Catheterization Services

  • Cardiac catheterization diagnostic procedures
  • Endovascular stent implantation
  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Ventricular septal defect closure
  • Patent ductus arteriosus closure
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Melody valve implantation

Hybrid Catheterization Suites

Some newborns have the best outcomes when treated simultaneously by a catheterization cardiologist and congenital heart surgeon. The main cardiac catheterization laboratory at Norton Children’s Hospital is a “hybrid suite” to allow for these procedures. Treatments performed this way can lead to faster recovery times, less tissue damage and reduced scarring.

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified our cardiothoracic surgeons in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Adult Congenital Heart Association has accredited Norton Children’s Heart Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program as the only comprehensive care center in Kentucky and Indiana treating adults born with a heart defect.
  • More than 17,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has offices across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to bring quality pediatric heart care closer to home.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.

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