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Heart

Echocardiography

Routine transthoracic echocardiography is the most common test used in children, fetuses, and newborns to diagnose or rule out heart disease or to follow children already diagnosed with a heart problem. 

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.

Heart Murmurs

Murmurs are sounds made by blood circulating through the heart's chambers or valves, or through blood vessels near the heart.

Heart Surgery

Our pediatric heart surgeons provide the full spectrum of heart surgery services, caring for children with even the most complex heart conditions.

Hypertension

High blood pressure is also called hypertension. Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other healthcare provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a form of vasculitis, or blood vessel inflammation, that primarily affects children.

Pacemaker Implantation (Treatment)

Children's National's interventional electrophysiology team developed and perfected techniques for transvenous pacemaker and defibrillator implantation in children.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

PDA is a heart problem frequently noted in the first few weeks or months after birth, characterized by the persistence of a normal fetal connection between the aorta and the pulmonary artery.

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 Health System 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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