Skip to main content Skip to navigation
We care about your privacy. Read about your rights and how we protect your data. Get Details

COVID-19 Update:Learn more about how we are protecting our patients, families and staff, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.

Pediatric Pacing and ICD Lead Extraction

What is a pacing or ICD lead?

A lead is a thin, flexible wire inserted in an upper extremity vein and directed to the top chamber (atrium) or the bottom chamber (ventricle) of the heart. The lead delivers energy to the heart muscle from a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – special devices implanted under the skin that help keep the patient’s heart beat in a regular rhythm.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Jeffrey Moak

Jeffrey Moak

Director, Electrophysiology Program
Electrophysiologist
Departments

Departments

Cardiac Catheterization

We perform hundreds of catheterization procedures every year. We treat children with the most complex heart, blood vessel, and valve conditions. We have one of the highest success rates for cardiac catheterization procedures. Learn more about Cardiac Catheterization.

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.