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Pediatric Pacemaker and Defibrillator Management

Children's National Hospital's interventional electrophysiology team developed and perfected techniques for transvenous pacemaker and defibrillator implantation in children. The team has been on the cutting edge for extracting broken pacing leads using laser techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a permanent pacemaker?

What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

When is a pacemaker or an ICD needed for a child?

What are indications for ICDs in children?

What are the components of a permanent pacemaker/ICD in children?

How is a pacemaker/ICD implanted for children?

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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Providers Who Offer Pacemaker Implantation

    Departments that Offer Pacemaker Implantation (Treatment)

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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.

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    The pediatric heart experts at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced cardiology care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.

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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.