Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Fetal Cardiology Program

A woman performs an ultrasound on a fetal cardiology patient.

Our dedicated approach to caring for babies

Our Fetal Cardiology Program is the most comprehensive program in Colorado, with expert physicians who are specialized in detecting heart abnormalities in unborn babies.

Our fetal cardiologists are part of Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute and the Colorado Fetal Care Center, and they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects (heart conditions present at or before birth) and abnormalities of fetal heart rhythm. These specialized physicians use state-of-the-art technology to detect heart defects as early as 14 weeks' gestation. Our fetal cardiologists participate in a comprehensive maternal-fetal program that is built on more than 30 years of partnership between Children’s Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Our fetal cardiology team is available both locally and from a distance. Working alongside maternal-fetal medicine specialists, they can also diagnose and manage fetal cardiac anomalies from miles away through the fetal cardiology telehealth network. 

A care plan tailored to each mother and baby

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common disorder of newborns, affecting one out of every 100 babies. Our care for unborn babies includes cardiac defects, heart rhythm abnormalities, and other congenital abnormalities that may affect the cardiovascular system. If a heart issue is detected during pregnancy, our fetal cardiology team provides multidisciplinary collaboration by partnering with the maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts at Children’s Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital. They will develop a compassionate and comprehensive care plan for the remainder of the pregnancy.

14 Weeks Earliest Possible Detection
2000+ Fetal Echocardiograms Per Year
#1 In Fetal Cardiology Telemedicine

Why choose our fetal cardiology program?

We are nationally recognized for our comprehensive cardiology care and outstanding surgical outcomes. Our cardiology program has some of the best patient outcomes of any pediatric hospital in the nation, and our patient outcomes are a result of having a highly-trained team of physicians including cardiac surgeons and pediatric cardiology subspecialists.

Learn about our heart programs and clinics, as well as our quality and patient safety outcomes.

Fetal cardiology services

When there is a concern that your unborn baby may have a congenital heart defect or heart rhythm abnormality, our fetal cardiologists are here for your family. The following services they provide include:

  • Expert evaluation and diagnosis of fetal heart abnormalities
  • Detailed explanation of your baby’s heart diagnosis and treatment options
  • Personalized delivery planning with access to our state-of-the-art Maternal Fetal Care Center housed within Children’s Colorado
  • Comprehensive newborn care provided by an expert pediatric cardiology team including fetal cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac intensivists, cardiac anesthesiologists, pediatric electrophysiologists, genetic counselors, lactation support, dieticians, and social workers
  • Fetal cardiology Telehealth Program – We offer our community partners 24/7 fetal echocardiogram consultations and interpretation via telemedicine technology
  • Fetal Echo Preceptorship Program – Two-day educational program offered twice a year for obstetric and cardiac medical providers
  • After delivery, we provide more than 20 specialized heart programs for all types of congenital and acquired congenital heart and arrhythmia conditions

What moms can expect from our Fetal Cardiology Program

During your first visit, you will meet with a fetal cardiologist who specializes in congenital heart disease. Moms will also receive a fetal echocardiogram, which is a safe, noninvasive ultrasound performed to evaluate your unborn baby's heart and blood vessels. 

Our program includes:

  • Patient education and care coordination by a dedicated Fetal Cardiology Program coordinator
  • Consultations for congenital heart conditions and arrhythmias by knowledgeable and compassionate physicians with over 25 years of experience in fetal cardiology
  • These consultations may include meeting with cardiothoracic surgeons, geneticists and social workers, as well as with maternal-fetal and neonatal specialists
  • A team dedicated to the well-being of mother and baby before, during and after birth, including maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, and cardiac intensivists
  • Complete care of your newborn following delivery, with access to the nationally recognized medical care of Children’s Colorado cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery teams
  • Support to help your family prepare for the arrival of its newest member

Our fetal cardiology program offers state-of-the-art fetal cardiac evaluations to families at risk for cardiac anomalies including:

  • All structural heart defects
  • All abnormal fetal heart rhythms
  • All cardiac function abnormalities (termed heart failure)

The most common disorder treated by the fetal cardiology program

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common disorder of newborns, affecting one out of every 100 babies. Learn about CHD and the expert care we provide.

Innovative fetal heart research

Our fetal cardiology team, together with the maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts, continually strives to improve patient outcomes and advance the science of fetal cardiology. Our research includes primary fetal cardiac issues as well as other medical concerns that impact the fetal cardiovascular system. We are the leader in several national and international multicenter studies and a participating center in several others. Through our research program, we are gaining insight into the causes of fetal cardiac conditions and developing strategies for novel treatments.

We are the leader in several national and international multicenter studies, and we are a participating center in several others. Through our research program, such as our Heart Sounds at Home strategy and the International Fetal Long QT consortium, we are gaining insight into the causes of fetal cardiac conditions and developing strategies for novel treatments.

Transitioning from the Colorado Fetal Care Center to the Heart Institute

After delivery, babies identified to have a congenital heart abnormality become patients at our nationally ranked Heart Institute.

An individual, on-going plan will be designed for your baby by our multidisciplinary team. Cardiac specialists within the Heart Institute, both inpatient and outpatient Pediatric Cardiology Clinic, will manage your child's congenital heart disease from infancy and continue care through adolescence.

Learn about your visit to the Heart Institute. You will find important information to make your time here easier.

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