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Overcoming afflictions of the heart

Children’s National unites intervention, research, and technology to battle congenital heart disease.

About 40,000 babies in the United States are born each year with congenital heart disease. It is the most common birth defect and a leading cause of death in children. Children’s National is at the forefront in combatting this affliction, focusing on early intervention, innovative research, and advanced technology.

Parents from around the world turn to Children’s National for its cardiology services. Our team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, fetal heart specialists, cardiac anesthesiologists, and others provide comprehensive services – diagnostics, minimally invasive and traditional surgery, and even heart transplantation. Our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit offers top-level care in a family-centered environment

The Paul Francis Baier Comprehensive Media Room affords medical staff access to diagnostic images and tests all in one place, allowing them to quickly make informed diagnostic and treatment decisions for critically ill patients. Large-format screens in the intensive care unit let doctors around the globe to simultaneously view real-time and stored images during telemedicine conferences.

Children’s National also benefits from a partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A collaboration between our cardiologists and NIH involves the use of the Interventional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Suite (ICMR), which merges X-ray and MRI technologies, resulting in higher-quality images and improved diagnostics and therapy with less risk and discomfort for children. 

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