Pediatric Services

St.Vincent Heart Center is a proud part of the Children’s Heart Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. We provide a full range of non-invasive and invasive services for the care of infants, children and young adults with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease. These services include:

Echocardiography: Also referred to as cardiac ultrasound, echocardiography is a diagnostic technique which uses high frequency sound waves to visualize the heart on a monitor. The heart beat, blood flow through the heart, and the flow of blood through adjacent arteries and veins can be observed.

Cardiac catheterization: During a cardiac catheterization, a catheter is inserted into the large blood vessel of the leg and moved up to the heart. It is a 2-3 hour procedure that provides the doctor with detailed pictures of the heart.

Exercise ECG test: An exercise ECG test allows the doctor to learn how well the heart functions when it’s made to work harder. While the patient walks on a treadmill, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) records the electrical activity of the heart.

Tilt Table Test: The Tilt Table Test assesses heart rate and blood pressure changes in the body in different positions-lying flat and tilted (standing upright at an 80° angle). Blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm are monitored and recorded on a graph every minute.

Holter monitoring: A Holter monitor is a special tape recorder that is worn for 24 hours. It monitors, records, and documents suspected abnormal heart rhythms and their relationship to child patient’s symptoms.

Transtelephonic cardiac event monitor: A transtelephonic cardiac event monitor records a child patient’s heart rate to determine if it’s too fast, too slow, or irregular. The device is typically worn for thirty days to record all symptomatic events. Recorded ECGs are sent to qualified ECG techinicians via telephone to be reviewed by the cardiologist.

Electrophysiology (EP) study: An EP study is a test used to assess the heart’s electrical function. It allows the cardiologist to locate areas within the heart that may be causing abnormal heart rhythms.

Radiofrequency ablation for arrhythmias: A radiofrequency ablation is a non-surgical procedure used to neutralize the electrical pathway that causes an irregular heart beat. A doctor inserts a special electrode catheter into the heart and positions the catheter close to the effected heart tissue. The tip of the catheter heats up and destroys the small area of heart tissue that contains the abnormal pathway. Because the scar tissue that forms cannot transmit electrical impulses, the abnormal pathway is no longer able to produce arrhythmias.

Pediatric cardiac surgery: The pediatric cardiac surgical program brings together numerous pediatric specialists who are trained in providing perioperative care for children undergoing heart surgery along with the support systems only available at a major cardiovascular center. The program provides surgical care for patients with congenital heart disease from the newborn period through young adulthood. A multidisciplinary team from cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, pediatric anesthesia, and critical care provide around-the-clock care for children during and following surgery.

The Children’s Heart Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent also has achieved numerous milestones in the past decade, including:

  • The world’s first remote magnetically navigated catheter ablation procedure in a child
  • The first to perform an arterial switch repair in a 4-pound newborn
  • The first intraoperative systemic venous stenting in Indiana
  • The first to successfully construct a right ventricular outflow tract, repair the tricuspid valve, and place a central shunt in a newborn
  • The first pediatric care center in Indiana to transmit echocardiographic (an ultrasound of the heart) images from a remote location to the cardiology office
  • The first pediatric cardiac catheterization lab in Indiana to use bi-plane imaging (imaging that allows cardiologists to view the heart in two dimensions), reducing radiation exposure for physicians and patients