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Inova Children's Heart Center

Inova Children’s Heart Center is one of the largest and most successful in the mid-Atlantic region. Based at the state-of-the-art Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital and outpatient cardiology clinics throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland, we provide specialized care to children of all ages. Inova's Children’s Heart Center sits alongside Inova Women’s Hospital and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute located on the Inova Medical Center Fairfax campus. Families can be assured that no matter when their child comes into cardiac care, they will have access to all of Inova’s nationally recognized cardiac services and sub-specialists for their child’s lifetime.

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Cora’s Story

Two-year-old Cora exemplifies the power of Inova's unique approach. After a fetal ultrasound detected a single ventricle congenital heart difference, Inova's team worked with the NICU to prepare for her birth and immediate care needs. After three procedures and close monitoring by multiple specialists, she is now a happy little girl at home with her family. Read Cora's story

Why Inova?

  • Surgical expertise. Our surgeons perform over 250 cardiac surgeries each year for patients ranging from fragile newborns facing complex, challenging health problems, to adults with complex congenital heart disease.

  • Nurse Navigators. Our specially trained registered nurses serve as a source of support for you and your family. They help manage and coordinate your doctor’s office visits, diagnostic tests, and communications between your specialist and primary care physician. They also are excellent resources for information about clinical trials, education, transportation or financial concerns. 
  • Multidisciplinary care team. Each patient receives care from a multidisciplinary team of experienced cardiologists, surgeons, intensivists, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners and nurses. 

  • Advanced specialty programs. In addition to our surgical expertise, we offer the latest in imaging, electrophysiology, fetal care and the most advanced cardiac techniques. 

  • Dedicated cardiovascular genomics program, including pediatric specialists to identify hereditary conditions in young children and provide insights into the most appropriate early treatments.

  • Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Award-winning team of heart and vascular doctors leading the country in excellent patient outcomes and innovative heart research. Our experienced cardiac doctors offer the full range of advanced treatments at locations convenient to you, with five state of the art hospitals consistently ranked among the top programs, both regionally and nationally. 

  • Child Life Services. From the beginning, your family will receive individualized support from our nurse navigators and other ancillary service providers throughout your journey. In addition, the Inova Child Life program provides specialists for your child to ease the anxiety and stress that may affect them during a hospital stay or outpatient procedure. As each child is different, our programs are rich with diverse tools to individualize their therapy and stay. Services may include art therapy, music therapy, special events and more. 
  • Research and Clinical Trials. We are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of new methods to diagnose and treat various conditions. Inova is actively involved with clinical research along a spectrum of fetal cardiology, congenital heart disease, ACHD, and complex hereditary arrhythmias. 

What You Can Expect

Learning that your child has a heart condition is scary, so at the Inova Children's Heart Center we do everything possible to help you and your family feel confident, safe and comfortable throughout your journey. Watch these videos to learn more about what to expect.

Surgery Day

Blood Draw Demo

Anesthesia Demo


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