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Pediatric Heart Failure

What is heart failure?

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, heart failure reflects a progressive, underlying heart condition.

What causes pediatric heart failure?

Pediatric heart failure often occurs in children with congenital heart defects. Other medical problems that can cause heart failure include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How does pediatric heart failure affect your child's body?
  • What are the symptoms of pediatric heart failure in children?
  • How is pediatric heart failure diagnosed?
  • Treatment of pediatric heart failure
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

John Berger

John Berger

Medical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Medical Director, Cardiac ECMO
Niti Dham

Niti Dham

Director, Cardio-Oncology Program
Advance Imaging Cardiologist
Anita Krishnan

Anita Krishnan

Associate Director, Echocardiography
Advance Imaging Cardiologist
Richard Jonas

Richard Jonas

Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Co-Director, Children's National Heart Institute
Departments

Departments

Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Program

We provide personalized care for babies and children with heart failure, including advanced VAD techniques and heart transplantation.

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National 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.

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