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Congenital Heart Defects - Other Treatment

Heart catheterization may be used to correct certain congenital heart defects. Children typically recover more quickly from a heart catheterization procedure than from a surgery.

With heart catheterization, a doctor threads a thin, flexible tube called a catheter through a blood vessel—typically in the groin—and into the heart. This lets the doctor check the heart and treat a defect.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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