World-Class Cardiac Facilities
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs 400 cases per year, with more than half of these involving transcatheter interventions for congenital heart disease. Categorical cardiology fellows have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our three interventional pediatric cardiologists without competing with other learners. Fellows gain firsthand experience in state-of-the-art interventions for a wide variety of patients, from the Abbott Piccolo device for closure of patent ductus arteriosus in premature infants to transcatheter valve implantations using the Medtronic Melody or Edwards Sapien valves for adult patients with congenital heart disease. Our cath lab team also works with our cardiothoracic surgery team to perform hybrid procedures for more complex interventions.
In addition to offering a full range of transcatheter interventions, the cath lab provides cardiology fellows the opportunity to gain valuable diagnostic experience in hemodynamic evaluations for patients with pulmonary hypertension as well as pediatric heart transplant recipients. Our brand new cath lab (pictured above) was completed in 2020 and includes a Hybrid OR suite and is the first pediatric cath lab in the world to utilize Siemens Artis Icono technology.