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

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)

The Fetal Cardiology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado specializes in congenital heart defects, heart conditions present at or before birth. Congenital heart defects have the highest mortality of any congenital defect within the first year of life. Some conditions can be treated in utero, but for others, treatment is only possible after birth. Prenatal screening can optimize your unborn baby’s health, medical care and delivery.

Expert Care for Congenital Heart Disease

Once a fetus is identified to have congenital heart disease (CHD), the maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts at Children’s Colorado jointly develop a delivery plan to optimize the postnatal outcome. Parents have ample opportunity to have their questions answered by the fetal cardiology team. In addition to medical expertise, family support groups and social services are available to provide emotional support, which is so critical during this time. If the family is from out of town, our team helps them find affordable housing nearby. Our goal is not only the full-term delivery of a healthy infant in the best possible condition but a family who feels supported from the time of diagnosis until their baby goes home.

After delivery, a highly trained team of specialists in pediatric cardiac critical care and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery continue the state-of-the-art care begun by the fetal cardiology team. The pediatric critical care and cardiothoracic surgery teams have some of the best patient outcomes in the nation. They also have experience with even the most complex cardiac defects. An important aspect of the care we provide is ensuring our patients and families have an excellent experience.

Our team of surgeons performs more than 500 heart surgeries per year. Our inpatient care team has been providing the highest quality care to critically ill cardiac patients for nearly a decade. We perform more than 800 heart catheterizations each year and many defects that once required open-heart surgery can now be corrected.