Our team of fetal cardiologists are here to provide additional imaging to assess fetal heart development in your pregnancy.
While a screening evaluation of the fetal heart is possible during regular obstetric scanning and is appropriate for women at low risk, there are women with risk factors for fetal congenital heart disease who may benefit from a detailed fetal echocardiogram performed by a physician who is a specialist in the evaluation of the fetal heart.
We specialize in developmental differences of the fetal heart (congenital heart disease), fetal arrhythmias (rhythm disorders) and maternal medical conditions which may affect the fetal heart (maternal diabetes, autoimmune disease or exposure to certain medications).
We will provide detailed information about what to expect both before and after birth for your care and the care of your baby. We provide comprehensive care for anyone who needs further fetal cardiac evaluation and treatment.
A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound of the fetal heart which involves sound waves to identify structural or heart rhythm issues that require evaluation and treatment.
The initial fetal echocardiogram is usually performed between 18-22 weeks gestation and can be repeated as needed throughout the pregnancy. The initial study is usually between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the complexity. Multiple gestation pregnancies (twins or triplets) usually require 1 hour per fetus.
A pediatric cardiologist with expertise in fetal echocardiography will consult with you after the fetal echocardiogram and explain the results in detail as well as answer any questions.
We typically follow fetuses with heart disease throughout the pregnancy at regular intervals. As needed, consultations will be arranged for you with any additional subspecialties such as neonatology, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric interventional cardiology and genetics.
We will help you to transfer care to our institution if the fetal heart disease requires additional monitoring or intervention after delivery.