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Heart

Aortic Coarctation

Coarctation of the aorta (COA) is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect involving a narrowing of the aorta.

Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis is a heart defect that causes problems with the aortic valve that make it harder for the leaflets to open and permit blood to flow forward from the left ventricle to the aorta. Learn more about this condition.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Learn more about this condition.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

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. Learn more about this condition.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure Devices

Our heart specialists offer expert treatment for atrial septal defect (ASD) closure, including Amplatzer® and Gore® Helex® Septal Occluders. Learn more about these treatments.

Atrioventricular Canal (AV canal or AVC)

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).

Cardiac Ablation

Our expert pediatric electrophysiology specialists have years of experience performing cardiac ablation procedures for children.

Cardiac Catheterization

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.

Cardiac First Trimester Imaging

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

Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively.

Xiomara's Story

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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.

Read More of Xiomara's Story