Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to diagnose or treat certain heart conditions.  Thin, hollow plastic tubes called catheters are inserted into and carefully threaded through arteries and veins to reach the heart.  From there, physicians can measure pressures and oxygen levels in different chambers of the heart.  Depending on the reason for the procedure, certain types of interventions can be performed during a cath procedure, also.

The interventional cardiology team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Center is the most comprehensive program in the region, offering catheterization-based procedures for unborn babies, infants, children and adolescents, as well as adults with congenital heart disease.

Interventional Cardiology Services provided at Mott include, but are not limited to:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty of the aortic and pulmonary valves
  • Balloon angioplasty for distal pulmonary artery narrowing (stenosis)
  • Angioplasty, including dilation and stent implantation, to open narrowed arteries and veins
  • 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 or septostomy
  • Pulmonary artery dilation and stent implantation
  • Device closure of patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale, ventricular septal defects, fontan fenestration
  • Percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement for the management of pulmonary regurgitation and conduit obstructions

For more information on our programs and services, or to make an appointment, please call 734-764-5176.

View our guide to preparing for a cardiac catheterization procedure