If your child has a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), we may recommend a pacemaker or defibrillator device to help regulate your child's heartbeat. These are devices that we place directly on or near your child's heart. The device sends an electrical impulse to the heart to help it maintain its normal rhythm.
At Children's National Heart Institute, our electrophysiologists (EPs) are pioneering new ways to approach device implantation for children. For us, innovative arrhythmia solutions are part of both our present and our future.
Pacemakers and defibrillators are similar devices. Here's what they each do:
A lead (pronounced "leed") is the wire of the pacemaker or ICD that delivers the electric signal to the heart muscle. A lead extraction is when we need to remove one or more of these wires from inside the heart. This may be due to:
If we determine your child needs lead extraction, we will discuss with you in detail, including the reasons for the extraction and next steps. Our EP team consists of nationally renowned experts in lead extractions. We use specialized equipment, including laser technology, to provide the safest, most effective extraction procedure for your child.
For more information, call us at 202-476-2020.
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