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Pediatric Heart Failure

Key Points About Heart Failure in Children

  • Heart failure means your child's heart isn't able to pump as well as it should.
  • The most common cause of heart failure in children is a congenital heart defect.
  • Common symptoms in children include trouble breathing, tiredness and poor growth.
  • Treatment may include fixing a defect, taking medicines or using a device.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

John Berger

John Berger

Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Director, Cardiac ECMO
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
Anita Krishnan

Anita Krishnan

Associate Director, Echocardiography
Advance Imaging Cardiologist
Richard Jonas

Richard Jonas

Emeritus Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Senior Investigator, Center for Neuroscience Research
Can Yerebakan

Can Yerebakan

Director, HLHS Hybrid Program
Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship Program
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 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.