What to Expect in the Cath Lab | Diagnosing & Fixing Heart Problems

What to Expect in the Cath Lab | Diagnosing & Fixing Heart Problems


Today we’re here because Caddie is
getting the cath procedure. As a parent you’re kind of on edge when you go into
these things. The one blessing about what he has, in his case specifically, is that
you would never know he is sick. Caddie was born with a heart defect we would
consider a severe heart defect. He’s now just over two years of age and has been
doing very well at home but it’s a heart defect that had to be repaired. They’re
doing this all in an effort to kind of hold off on another open-heart surgery.
For us it’s routine now. Anesthesiologist comes in, Dr. Berman and
his team come in and nurses come in and just check with us make sure we know
what’s going on and then they take him. I have a lot of anxiety just in
general about his condition but usually there’s a sense of calm that kind of
comes over me right when we enter the pre-op. It’s a really inviting
environment. So what we’re going to plan to do is an x-ray guided cardiac
catheterization procedure where we’re going to guide catheters up through his
blood vessels and through the different chambers of his heart under an x-ray
guided TV to assess how his heart is functioning. So in that way it’s very
dramatically different from an open-heart surgery. We have a very large
team that works together to perform the catheterization. We have
anesthesiologists we have technicians and nurses who are
scrubbed in with us. We have interventional cardiologists who are
performing the interventions or diagnosing the heart problems. Connected to the cath lab by big glass windows is the monitoring room
focusing on reporting the different pressures and oxygen levels, focusing on
the EKG and making sure we’re not having any rhythm problems during for the heart
procedure. Take up to five frames for me. Take that. Good news, okay nice and low.
Following that then we make some decisions based on what we have found
based on the pressures in his heart and those angiograms as to what we can do. Okay systemic okay. Work
to be done but that’s good. Hopefully it will further encourage his left lung to
grow then that means he can wait longer before he is an open heart surgery which
is always better for kids his age to kind of wait a little bit. I love the
innovation and the high-quality care that we are able to give to our patients
and I think we’re able to do that because of the amazing teamwork that we
have. The team is so wonderful we’ve really gotten to know them so actually
when they walk in the room is kind of nice it feels like you’re seeing old
friends. The best part of my job I would say is that at the end of the day we are
helping children.