What patients and families need to know
Aortic stenosis is a heart defect that may be present at birth (congenital) or it may develop later in life (acquired).
An arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia) is an abnormal rhythm of the heart.
An atrial septal defect is an opening in the atrial septum, or dividing wall between the two upper chambers of the heart, known as the right and left atria.
Our heart specialists offer expert treatment for ASD closure, including Amplatzer® and Gore® Helex® Septal Occluders.
Atrioventricular canal defect (AV canal) is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Other terms used to describe this defect are endocardial cushion defect and atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD).
Our expert pediatric electrophysiology specialists have years of experience performing cardiac ablation procedures for children.
Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure in which a long, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel (usually in the leg) and guided into the heart, allowing a close look at the structures inside.
With new ultrasound equipment that has very high resolution and techniques such as transvaginal ultrasound, the heart may be imaged as early as 11-12 weeks gestation.
Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively.
Our pediatric electrophysiologists use specialized devices and procedures for treating arrhythmias in children.
When Xiomara's mother Elena was 20 weeks pregnant, her ultrasound uncovered something that didn’t look right. Elena was referred to Children’s National Hospital to meet with Mary Donofrio, M.D., in the Fetal Heart Program who flagged a few potential heart issues and continued to monitor Xiomara throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.
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