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Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively. In some instances, heart rhythm is disturbed, leading to irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. There may be multiple causes of cardiomyopathy, including viral infections. Sometimes, the exact cause of the muscle disease is never found.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Jeffrey Moak

Jeffrey Moak

Director, Electrophysiology Program
Electrophysiologist
Niti Dham

Niti Dham

Director, Cardio-Oncology Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Cardiologist
Dr. Sairah Khan

Sairah Khan

Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Cardiologist
Manan Desai

Manan Desai

Director, VAD and Heart Transplant
Cardiac Surgeon
Our Stories

Our Stories

Teresa Dejesus

Teresa's Story

Teresa, age 2, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and waited on the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for nine months while she waited for a heart transplant. Her heart arrived on Christmas Day.

Ryan Morales and Kurt Newman

Ryan M's Story

Father and son Ryan and Alex Morales know what it’s like to spend days—even weeks in the hospital. The two have been patients at Children’s National Hospital for more than 10 years. Their stories are connected by Children’s National physicians who have been treating them since 2005 and continue to see them improve and grow in more ways than one.

Nadia at home

Nadia’s Story

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a rare heart condition in which the heart muscles are too stiff and can’t relax to fill and pump the correct amount of blood to other parts of the body. For Nadia, this not only meant that her intestine function was compromised, causing nausea and vomiting, but her lungs also had to work in overdrive.

Departments

Departments

Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Program

We use advanced heart therapies to care for babies and children with heart failure, including ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplantation.

Electrophysiology

Our pediatric electrophysiologists perform ablations and other procedures to correct abnormal heart rhythms, with a success rate close to 98 percent. Learn more about Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Cardiac Imaging

We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI. 

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.

Children's National Heart Institute

Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.