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the fetal cardiac clinic

Your visit will consist of the performance of a fetal echocardiogram and then a consultation with one of our board certified pediatric cardiologists.

what is a fetal echocardiogram?

A non-invasive ultrasound study of the heart of a fetus. It is harmless and painless to the patient and fetus.

why a fetal echocardiogram?

Allow for diagnosis of fetal congenital heart conditions, such as structural heart defects and abnormal fetal heart rhythms.

preparation before your visit

  • Please complete the intake form and submit online. 

    Online intake form

    • Please arrive with a full bladder, especially if less than 24 weeks pregnant.
    • Please allow 2 hours for your appointment. The scanning of the fetal heart will take 40 minutes to 1 hour and the consultation with one of our pediatric cardiologists will take additional time.

    during your visit

    • The fetal echocardiogram scanning will be performed by an ICAEL certified sonographer. 
    • Consultation with one of our pediatric cardiologists include:
      • Review of the findings of the echocardiogram.
      • Counseling regarding treatment options.
      • Recommendations for delivery, care of baby after delivery and any medications and/or surgical interventions.

    post visit

    • All recommendatons for subsequent care of the the fetus and post-natal care are discussed and coordinated with your obstetrician and/or perinatologist and delivery hospital neonatologist.
    • If necessary, arrangements are made for you to meet the medical/surgical staff that will provide necessary cardiac care for your baby.
    • After your initial echocardiogram visit, you may need to return for follow up fetal echocardiograms.