Fetal Imaging Echocardiography

Fetal Echocardiography

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
Contact The Heart Program
 305-662-8301



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