Specialty Programs

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

A multidisciplinary team of board-certified specialists from Inova Heart and Vascular Institute and Inova Children’s Heart Center collaborate to provide quality care for congenital heart disease at all stages. Patients have the advantage of seamless access to the collective expertise of Inova’s highly skilled pediatric and adult specialists in a single location, to improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.

Advanced Multimodality Imaging

Inova Children’s Heart Center offers state of the art imaging technology including both cardiac MRI and CT imaging.

Ambulatory Cardiology

Our ambulatory cardiology network throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland expands our reach and makes it easier for patients to receive the care they need close to home.

Cardiac Imaging

Inova Children’s Heart Center offers state-of-the-art cardiac imaging to diagnose the unique medical and surgical needs of newborns, children and adults in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Cardiac Surgery

Inova’s cardiac surgery program provides patients with a continuum of care that spans a lifetime. We perform a wide spectrum of surgeries for congenital heart defects in neonates, infants, children, teenagers and adults. Our goal is to deliver innovative surgical care in a compassionate, family-centric environment.

Multidisciplinary collaboration ensures the best care possible for every patient. 

Child Life Services

At Inova Children’s Hospital, we believe that meeting the psychosocial needs of children and their families is an essential component of exceptional comprehensive care. Our certified Child Life specialists partner with physicians, nurses and the entire team to craft an experience that is not only comfortable and soothing, but also promotes healthy coping and healing strategies. For children scheduled for cardiac surgery, the Child Life team provides:

  • A pre-op tour that includes a developmentally appropriate description of what to expect.
  • Support during pre-op bloodwork, echocardiograms and other tests, as needed.
  • Hands-on preparation and support through admission and each step of the surgical process.
  • In addition, Child Life Specialists also support children who come to the hospital for outpatient cardiac procedures.

Every year, the Pediatric Heart Program and Child Life Services hold a cardiac picnic for patients, their families and staff. This event helps to foster a sense of community within the pediatric cardiac program and allows time for patients and staff to reconnect – forging life-long relationships between our staff and the families they are so privileged to serve.

Electrophysiology Program

The Inova Children’s Heart Center electrophysiology program offers a full complement of diagnostic and treatment options for children with known or suspected heart rhythm problems. As the largest outpatient program in Northern Virginia, we perform more than 15,000 electrocardiograms and administer 1,000 ambulatory monitors annually.

Fetal Care Center

Inova Children’s Hospital Fetal Care Center provides prenatal consultation and pediatric care planning for pregnant women suspected or at risk of carrying a fetus with a congenital heart defect.

Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Children with complex congenital cardiac disease are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities. In 2012, the American Heart Association identified those infants at highest risk and recommended early screening and intervention in order to provide these children with the necessary resources to help them achieve their highest neurodevelopmental potential. 

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Patients with congenital heart disease at Inova Children’s Hospital are cared for by a dedicated team of pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists who understand their unique physiology and needs. Our team of board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists and experienced CRNAs provide comprehensive anesthesia care for patients anywhere that anesthesia or sedation is required. 

Single Ventricle Interstage Program

The Single Ventricle Interstage Program provides comprehensive care and support for families of infants with complex conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome and shunt-dependent circulation that requires intervention in stages. The Single Ventricle Interstage Program bridges the gap between the child’s first and second heart procedures.

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