Treating Congenital Heart Defects in Children

This information is useful for children

Congenital heart defects can affect any baby, and many defects require surgery for the repair of the heart or blood vessels. The good news is that cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology allows doctors to treat children without the invasiveness of heart surgery. There are no incisions and many children can go home the next or same day. 

In this video, Jeremy Asnes, MD, director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Yale New Haven Hospital, describes common defects and treatment options.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.