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Heart Treatments & Conditions

Our heart center programs allow us to provide comprehensive care and customized treatment options for children with heart defects.

Pediatric Heart Treatment Options

Heart Transplant

We have the longest running pediatric heart transplant program in Virginia. 

We have the only full service pediatric transplant service in Virginia, including

  • Ventricular assist devices (VADs) for children
  • Desenstization for those with significant HLA antibodies

Interventional Catheterization to Delay or Avoid Surgery

Our interventional cardiologists have additional training in performing diagnostic and therapeutic catherizations, which may eliminate or delay the need for surgery. This can include:

  • Closure of heart defects
  • Balloon enlargements of narrowed vessels
  • Valve placement and/or stent placement for blocked or narrowed vessels

Heart Rhythm Treatment

Occasionally, a child or infant's heart has an abnormal rhythm that requires the insertion of specific devices, such as pacemakers, event recorders or internal cardioverter defibrillators. 

  • Pacemaker — This device can treat a very slow heart rate. It may be useful in some patients with conditions, like familial long QA syndrome, hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy or after a heart transplant. 
  • Cardioverter defibrillators — These devices deliver a small shock to keep the heart beating in a normal rhythm.
We also offer ablation, a procedure that uses radiofrequency to eliminate small areas of heart tissue that cause irregular heartbeats. 

Surgery

We also offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which provides both cardiac and respiratory support while the heart and lungs recover during certain critical illnesses.

We surgically treat all congential heart defects.

Pediatric Genetics

Cardiac diseases may have genetic causes. We can help you understand any risks your child or other family members may have. Learn more about our pediatric genetics services

Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide range of heart conditions in children, including: