Cardiology | Fellowship | Cardiac Catheterization
The cardiac catheterization Laboratory at SLCH performs around 600 cardiac catheterizations every year. This involves both diagnostic and interventional procedures along with complex hybrid procedures.
Categorical fellows are involved in procedural planning and actively perform tasks while scrubbed in a case under the guidance of interventional cardiologist. Fellows can expect to learn and understand the hemodynamics of normal and abnormal physiology. The dynamic environment of the cath lab requires that fellows are able to interpret abnormal saturations and pressures prior to moving on to the next phase of the cath procedure. Given the high patient volume at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, fellows gain extensive experience in the cath lab and are often comfortable performing a complete hemodynamic and participate in all interventional cases (including ASD closure device, VSD closure device, stent placement, balloon angioplasty, ASD creation, Melody valves, hybrid cases). There are weekly didactic lectures to help with hemodynamic and angiographic interpretation which are held in addition to the daily hands on teaching during cases.
The cardiac cath laboratory is a part of multiple ongoing device trials thus providing cutting edge therapy to our patients and excellent exposure to our fellows. Fellows are provided opportunities to get involved with ongoing studies during the course of their training.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab