Fetal Cardiology Program
The Fetal Cardiology Program provides outpatient fetal echocardiograms (ultrasound of the fetus's heart) to evaluate for possible abnormalities of the fetal heart. Pregnant women with certain risk factors, including gestational diabetes, an abnormal level II fetal ultrasound, a known or suspected fetal arrhythmia or a family history of congenital heart disease, may be referred to the Fetal Cardiology Program by their obstetrician.
Fetal echocardiograms, to evaluate for structural heart disease, are optimally performed between 18 and 22 weeks gestation. The fetal echocardiogram is performed by a technician who does the ultrasound. The images are interpreted by a pediatric cardiologist with special expertise in fetal imaging and cardiac ultrasound, and the pediatric cardiologist counsels the woman on the results and potential options.
If an abnormality is found, the woman may need to return for repeat evaluations by a pediatric cardiologist and/or a pediatric electrophysiologist for the remainder of her pregnancy. A consultation with one of our pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons may also be recommended to discuss potential surgical options.
The Fetal Cardiology Program offers fetal echocardiograms with consultations at the Children's Heart Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.