What is a fetal echocardiogram?
Typically administered by a sonographer, a fetal echo is an ultrasound of your baby’s heart.
What does a fetal echocardiogram do?
A fetal echo checks your baby’s heart structure, rhythm, and function as well as the growth and development of your baby.
What causes a congenital heart defect?
- Genetic and environmental factors
- Health conditions, such as diabetes
- Family history of congenital heart disease
What if my baby has a heart defect?
We understand that facing a diagnosis of your baby’s heart condition can be very frightening. The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has the expertise to support you and your baby throughout this journey. If a heart defect is detected, your pediatric cardiologist will explain your treatment options. Your future visits may include meeting with other specialists on our team which may include:
- Pediatric cardiac surgeon—a doctor who specializes in repairing a heart condition
- Pediatric intensivist—a doctor who works in the critical care unit (i.e. ICU) specializing in caring for children who have a serious injury or illness.
- Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist— a doctor who is dedicated to providing anesthesia for children undergoing cardiac procedures
- Cardiovascular nurse practitioners—a nurse who coordinates the services specific to the needs of each family
- Child life specialist—trained healthcare professionals who anticipate the needs and concerns of children in a medical environment