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Pediatric Care

Advanced Heart Imaging For Your Child

With over 20,000 studies a year, Children's National is home to the first pediatric digital echocardiography laboratory in the world.

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Our team of internationally respected pediatric cardiologists provides complex to common heart conditions. Our patients range in age from babies in the womb to young adults with congenital heart defects.

Our entire team of pediatric specialists, who are available for consultation with your child’s heart team 24/7, provide experience and expertise to shepherd you and your family from diagnosis through treatment. We then coordinate follow-up care for your child as long as he or she needs.

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Cardiology at Children’s National: Why Choose Us

Features of our program include:

  • Pediatric Heart Experts. Every member of your child’s heart team has extensive training and experience in pediatric heart care. In fact, caring for children with heart conditions is all we do. 
  • Subspecialty Care: We also offer 24/7 access to more than 40 subspecialties, so you know there’s a pediatric expert to consult with your child’s doctors, no matter what.
  • Advanced Cardiac Technology. We use the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment technology. Whether it is cardiac MRI to get detailed images of your child’s heart, advanced monitoring devices in our cardiac intensive care unit, or catheters and devices specifically designed for children, your child’s health, safety, and comfort are always our top priorities. 
  • Family Resources. Our goal is to maximize the quality of our patients’ lives and ease the stress on families. Children’s National Heart Institute provides many family-centered services because we understand that when a child is ill, it affects the entire family.

Pediatric Heart Care: Services We Provide

We offer the full range of heart care for your child. Learn more about our services:

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Our team of cardiac interventionists performs more than 600 procedures annually. Our doctors possess special expertise with the use of intravascular stents in the treatment of severe pulmonary artery stenosis and other blood vessel abnormalities. We also offer minimally invasive closure of some types of congenital heart disease with outstanding outcomes and quick recovery without the need for surgery. Learn more about our Cardiac Catheterization Lab.


  • Cardiac Imaging
  • We offer advanced imaging techniques to obtain highly detailed pictures of your child’s heart structure and function:

    • Echocardiography: This is an ultrasound of the heart. We perform more than 20,000 echocardiograms per year, including nearly 3,000 fetal echocardiograms, making us one of the busiest echocardiography laboratories in the country. 
    • Cardiac MRI: A noninvasive imaging technique, cardiac MRI provides comprehensive evaluations for complex heart conditions, such as tetralogy of Fallot and cardiomyopathies
    • Interventional Cardiac MRI: This unique program allows us to perform MRI procedures and cardiac catheterization procedures on the same day, reducing the need for sedation and multiple procedures. 

  • Electrophysiology
  • Our expert pediatric electrophysiologists provide comprehensive heart rhythm management of arrhythmias and syncope in children. We offer the latest and safest technologies, including cryoablation therapy, and 3-D mapping without X-ray radiation. Learn more about our electrophysiology program.


  • Fetal Heart Program
  • Through this innovative program, the unborn child is cared for as a separate and individual patient. Comprehensive care begins in utero and is coordinated in partnership with referring maternal fetal medicine specialists and obstetricians with many subspecialties, including cardiology, cardiac surgery, genetics, and radiology. A unique feature of the program is while our team cares for the fetal heart, we monitor brain function and other aspects of fetal development to ensure the best outcomes. Learn more about the Fetal Heart Program.


  • Preventive Cardiology Program 

    This multidisciplinary program (the combination of different specialists) is working to improve the diets and lifestyles of our patients to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include abnormal cholesterol, hypertension, increased weight, and other adverse lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise and tobacco use. Learn more about the Preventive Cardiology Program.


  • Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program
  • In order to ensure that our patients have appropriate heart care as adults, we established the Washington Adult Congenital Heart (WACH) program, a collaborative care partnership with Washington Hospital Center.

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The Cardiology Team

In This Section:

Conditions

From diagnosis through treatment and into recovery, Children's National Heart Institute provides a wide range of clinical services and specialties dedicated to improving children's cardiac health.

Contact Information

Have a question about a specific disease, condition, treatments, or services we offer? Contact us here.

Locations

Children’s National patients can receive heart treatment, imaging, and monitoring at our outpatient locations around the Beltway so parents don’t have to come to our campus downtown.

Meet the Team

The breadth and depth of our team is unmatched in the region and our cardiologists are pioneers and international leaders.

Programs and Services

Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to care for each child and family.

Resources for Families

Learn about our programs for families, from our social work and concierge services, to Child Life Specialists who help support your child during treatment.

Resources for Providers

We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offer resources for medical education and referring patients. Learn how to refer a patient and take a look at our universal cholesterol screening guidelines.

Treatments

Our cardiology team offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures, with your child’s safety, comfort and emotional well-being always our priority.