How do we treat genetically linked heart conditions?

Our pediatric cardiologists, in collaboration with our geneticists and other pediatric subspecialists, have the medical and surgical expertise to treat and repair the congenital heart defects associated with genetic syndromes. At Children’s Hospital Colorado we have multi-specialty programs for many of the genetic syndromes commonly linked to heart problems, such as the Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome Clinic and Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Specialty Clinic.

Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

In some cases, our interventional cardiologists will be able to repair your child’s heart condition with cardiac catheterization. This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is threaded through the veins across a stenosis (narrowed blood vessel) or septal defect (hole). It is then used to expand the stenosis or patch the hole. After a cardiac catheterization, children usually stay in the hospital overnight and are asked to take it easy for the next week.

Watch a video about what to expect for your child’s heart catheterization.

Open-Heart Surgery

Other kinds of heart defects require open-heart surgery to repair. A cardiovascular surgeon will surgically enlarge the stenosis (narrowed blood vessel), stitch the septal hole together, or patch the hole with surgical material. In this case, your child will typically stay in the hospital for a few days while the incision heals.

Learn why Children’s Hospital Colorado is the best place for your child’s heart surgery.