Texas Children's Heart Center performs two live cases at the Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium


HOUSTON - (Sept. 21, 2015) - Today, Texas Children's HeartCenter physicians will perform two live cases during the Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium. The conference, held inLas Vegas, focuses on opportunities for greater integration between congenital heart and adult structural heart disease specialists.Texas Children's Heart Center is ranked #2 nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News World Report. For more information about Texas Children's Heart Center, visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

Led by interventional cardiologist Dr. Henri Justino, The Charles E. Mullins Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Texas Children's Hospital include three dedicated labs and a team of five dedicated interventional cardiologists. In 2014, the team performed more than 1,150 cardiac catheterization procedures and more than 98 percent of cases occurred without complication.

"We are thrilled to showcase Texas Children's specialized pediatric interventional cardiac care on an international level," said Justino, who also serves as associate professor of pediatrics-cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. "Our team will perform two procedures on patients with extremely complex cardiovascular malformations which will further highlight the depth and breadth of minimally invasive transcatheter treatments we provide to our patients every day."

Justino, Dr. Athar Qureshi, associate director of the MullinsCatheterization Laboratories at Texas Children's and associate professor of pediatrics-cardiology at Baylor, and the team willperform the two cases. The first case involves a patient with Abernethy malformation with portopulmonary hypertension. The team plans a percutaneous splenic vein puncture, splenoportography and possible placement of an additional device in the large congenital portosystemic shunt. The second case features a patient who haspulmonary vein stenosis due to Cri-du-Chat syndrome, a chromosomalcondition that results when a piece of chromosome 5 is missing. Theteam plans balloon dilation and/or stenting of the right pulmonaryvein stents with possible intentional stent fracture.

Live cases will be broadcast from nine national and international venues with experienced operators who will demonstrate the latest in medical device technology using approved and investigational devices, valves and stents. This year, live cases will be streamed from Texas Children's, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, India, LasVegas, Seattle, Columbus and San Diego. Additionally, the meeting supports open dialogue and visual learning, along with updates from relevant trials and societies and sharing global clinical research and experience.

To learn more about the Charles E. Mullins Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Texas Children's Hospital watch this video.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.