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Fetal Cardiology

Dr. Wang monitoring fetus's heartConnecticut Children’s Fetal Cardiology Program provides advanced diagnosis and care for the fetus with congenital heart disease or other abnormalities affecting the heart.

Development of structural heart disease starts long before a baby is born. Fetal echocardiology allows us to visualize and evaluate the heart while the mother is still pregnant.

Our fetal cardiology program provides fetal echocardiology and consultation for patients with suspected or known heart problems in their unborn child. By providing these services, we are able to provide families and their care team with the tools and knowledge to prepare for the birth and care of their child.

Comprehensive Services

To provide truly comprehensive care for families, our cardiologists coordinate patients’ care with specialists in obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine at regional medical centers throughout Connecticut.

Connecticut Children’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are located within both Hartford Hospital and Farmington at UConn John Dempsey Hospital and provide exceptional care to newborns undergoing heart surgery.

Diagnosis and Care

Using state-of-the-art fetal cardiac imaging, our experienced fetal cardiologists perform detailed evaluations of fetuses at risk for heart disease.

Following each diagnosis, a fetal cardiologist will provide a complete explanation of the defect to the parents and family, along with a description of expected fetal and neonatal care, possible surgical interventions, and a long-term prognosis.

Conditions that can be identified include:

  • Abnormalities in heart structure
  • Irregular or abnormal heart rhythm
  • Problems with heart function

If a heart problem is detected before a baby is born, we will work with everyone involved with the care of both the mother and baby; this includes obstetricians, perinatologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, cardiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons and others. Some heart conditions can be treated before a baby is born.

By providing comprehensive care and working as a team with everyone caring for mother and baby, everyone—including the parents—is aware of the heart defect and best prepared to care for the baby.

For Referring Providers

Fetal consultations are available in our Hartford, Farmington, and Danbury locations.

How to make a referral

Our Team

 

Elizabeth Arbour, BSN, RN, CPN 

Michelle LaRocque Lead Sonographer; Administrative Director, Echocardiography Lab

Kristen Pruner, RDCS 

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