Each case is unique, as no two procedures are ever the same. All patients are reviewed by the entire team as well as other specialists within the Heart Center. Patients can be evaluated seamlessly with the primary cardiologist, single ventricle team, cardiologists with expertise in echocardiography, radiologists with expertise in CT/MRI, cardiac surgery, heart failure, intensivists, and cardiac anesthesia. The team reviews consultations from primary cardiologists both inside and outside of the institution. A second opinion for any form of congenital heart disease can be requested via the Priority Second Opinion Clinic.
The interventional and surgical teams collaborate to provide treatment plans that best fit the needs of the patient. Families are offered consultations with both cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology during the planning stages. Depending on the condition, there may be times when it is best to proceed with surgery or a hybrid approach that includes the interventional and surgical teams.
The Interventional Cardiology team also works closely with other specialty areas at Lurie Children's, including Interventional Radiology, as patients increasingly require expertise in multiple areas. This is particularly important for single ventricle patients.
Lurie Children’s is located directly next to Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital with a bridge between the hospitals enabling rapid transport of newborns such as those with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)-intact atrial septum. The catheterization laboratory is also on the same floor as The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health, where cardiologists with expertise in fetal anatomy and physiology consult with pregnant mothers.
The Heart Center has a large Heart Failure/Heart Transplant program. Pre- and post-transplant surveillance includes catheterization. Percutaneous ventricular assist device (PVAD) capabilities are offered for those patients that require mechanical support.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program often refers patients to the catheterization service. Procedures are performed either at Lurie Children's or at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with an adult and pediatric interventional specialist. All of our interventional providers have full privileges at NMH where we closely collaborate with their Structural Interventional team, thus ensuring continuity of care as children transition from pediatric to adult centers.
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