Reasons to see a fetal cardiologist

Fetal cardiologists are pediatric cardiologists who have special expertise in the diagnosis and management of problems that affect a baby’s heart, both before and after birth. There are a number of reasons for your doctor to ask you to see a fetal cardiologist.

Reasons to see a fetal cardiologist

  • Suspected or confirmed diagnosis of heart disease in your baby
  • Irregular, fast, or slow fetal heart beats (called fetal arrhythmia)
  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome
  • Suspected genetic syndromes (such as Down syndrome) that may be associated with heart problems in your baby
  • Medical conditions that you may have (such as diabetes or lupus) that may affect how your baby’s heart is formed or how it functions
  • Medications that you may be taking that could have an effect on your baby’s heart development
  • Family history of congenital heart disease that puts your baby at risk of being born with a heart problem
  • Other abnormalities that have been detected and are associated with congenital heart disease (including congenital diaphragmatic hernia and gastroschesis)
  • Abnormalities that might put extra stress on your baby’s heart including sacrococcygeal teratoma and congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
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To make an appointment or talk to a fetal cardiac expert at Herma Heart Institute, contact us or call:

(414) 266-2077

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U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Wisconsin among the top programs in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This ranking reflects the excellent outcomes and care we provide for even the most complex heart conditions. Families travel from across the country, and even around the world, to receive care from our specialists who are experienced in treating congenital heart disease from before birth and into adulthood.

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