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.
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Cardiac Catheterization at Children's National Hospital
The pediatric heart experts at Children's National Hospital treat children with the most complex heart, blood vessel and valve conditions. Our Cardiac Catheterization program has one of the highest success rates for cardiac catheterization procedures. Learn more about Cardiac Catheterization.
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Providers of Pacing and ICD Lead Extraction
Departments that Offer Pacing and ICD Lead Extraction
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.
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.
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.