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