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 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