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Pediatric Defibrillator and Pacemaker Implantation

If your child has a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), we may recommend a pacemaker or defibrillator device to help regulate your child's heartbeat. These are devices that we place directly on or near your child's heart. The device sends an electrical impulse to the heart to help it maintain its normal rhythm.

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World’s Smallest Pacemaker Brings Hope to Babies with Heart Defects

Adapting a pacemaker the size of a pill to fit into the tiny bodies of babies with life-threatening heart conditions has brought new hope to families like Abby’s. Her story and the important work behind it were featured on NBC News.

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For more information, call us at 202-476-2020.

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Electrophysiology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Our pediatric electrophysiology experts have dedicated their careers to diagnosing, treating and managing arrhythmias and syncope (unexplained fainting) in children. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Meet the Providers of Defibrillator and Pacemaker Implantation

Departments that Offer Defibrillator and Pacemaker Implantation

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Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythm Team)

Our pediatric electrophysiologists perform ablations and other procedures to correct abnormal heart rhythms, with a success rate close to 98 percent. Learn more about Cardiac Electrophysiology.

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Children's National Heart Center

Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.