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Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is directed by Frederic Bernstein, DO. The laboratory provides the diagnostic and interventional procedures for the neonates, children, adolescents, and adults cared for by Connecticut Children’s Heart Center.

The cardiac team performs a full array of procedures, including:

  • Closure of Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Fontan Fenestrations

Dr. Bernstein and the catheterization team also have expertise in:

  • Transcatheter treatment of aortic and pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Radiofrequency perforations
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Placement of stents in arteries and veins

The team works in close conjunction with the Echocardiography laboratory, as well as the Cardiovascular Surgery Team, providing comprehensive care for the patients we treat, in an efficient and safe manner.

Adult Congenital Heart Program

The Catheterization Lab provides the diagnostic and interventional care for the Connecticut Adult Congenital Heart program (CTACH). There is no age limit designated to the patients cared for in our laboratory. These procedures are performed in conjunction with the CTACH team, and as needed in collaboration with our Adult Cardiac Interventional partners at Hartford Hospital.

Quality and Safety

Connecticut Children’s is an active participant in the Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment (IMPACT) registry, which tracks the outcomes of quality measurements in congenital heart disease treatment. The registry measures the prevalence, demographics, management, and outcomes of patients undergoing diagnostic catheterizations, as well as catheter based interventions for congenital heart disease.

The laboratory also participates in the Reducing Radiation Risk registry, attempting to more accurately monitor patient radiation exposure, and decrease exposure to the lowest quantity possible for use.

Currently, our average radiation dose is less than the national average for other pediatric Catheterization Labs. With these and other initiatives, the Cardiac Catheterization lab at Connecticut Children’s is attempting to provide the most efficient, safest, and effective treatment for the patients in Connecticut.

What to Expect

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