Fetal cardiology specializes in the prenatal diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease or arrhythmias in the fetus.
Pregnant women are referred to the clinic because of a family history of congenital heart defects, personal health problems such as diabetes, or other factors that increase the risk of having a child with congenital heart disease.
A pregnant woman might also be referred because of concern about fetal heart abnormalities noted during a routine obstetrical ultrasound.
If a fetal cardiac problem is confirmed, then the mother and fetus will be followed in the clinic until the baby is delivered. Prenatal care of the fetus will be coordinated between pediatric cardiologists in the Fetal Cardiology Clinic, obstetricians in the maternal-fetal medicine division, neonatalogists, cardiac intensivists, and the pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons.
Opportunities for prenatal consultation with pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, social work, and maternal-fetal medicine, as well as orientation tours of the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units are available.
Initial referrals to the Duke Children’s Heart Program are generally made by your child’s primary care physician. To make an appointment, please call 919-668-4000.
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