Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Children

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory — also known as the “cath lab” — is a modern, high-tech facility. It includes two suites, one with hybrid capability.

Our advanced equipment consists of state-of-the-art biplane imaging, which provides high-quality pictures with the lowest amount of x-ray exposure.

Types of Heart Catheterizations

The cath lab at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh performs around 800 heart cath procedures each year, including:

We do about 250 interventional heart catheterizations each year, including:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty for stenotic valves.
  • Creation of cardiac communications such as atrial defects (ASD). These include balloon septostomy, Fontan fenestration, and transseptal puncture.
  • Balloon angioplasty for stenotic vessels such as pulmonary arteries and veins, a narrow aorta, and systemic veins. We use the latest ultra-high pressure balloons and other advanced technology.
  • Stent placement in a blood vessel.
  • Coil or device embolization of the patent ductus arteriosus, collateral vessels, and coronary fistulas.
  • Device closure within heart defects such as ASD, PFO, Fontan fenestration, or VSD.
  • Radiofrequency perforation of blocked heart valves or vessels.
  • Transcatheter heart valve implants.
  • Transcatheter thrombectomy and recannulization of blocked vessels.

The cath lab is active in national quality initiatives such as the NCDR IMPACT Registry® for congenital heart disease (CHD) and C3PO.

We also embrace novel catheter technologies for the care of children with CHD.

Cath Lab Referral Requirements

To refer a patient to the cath lab at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, call 412-692-8763 or email



  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 4
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224