• Fetal Cardiology and Fetal Echo- Cardiology is relatively new field to India and has major impact on clinical practice of Sonologists, Obstetricians and Pediatricians.

  • During Pregnancy, normal ultrasound is carried out as general practice but there are certain congenital diseases which are not visible in normal ultrasound and can thus get ignored.

  • The need is therefore to get early screening and detection of any fetal cardiac defect for appropriate future decisions to be made. Fetal echo is an evaluation done via ultrasound to assess the heart of the unborn baby.

When is Fetal Echocardiography used?
  • Not all pregnant women need a fetal echocardiogram. For most women, a basic ultrasound will show that all four chambers of their baby’s heart have developed. Treating obstetrician may recommend fetal echocardiography test if previous tests detected an abnormal heartbeat in the fetus.

This test may also be recommended if
  • Unborn child is at risk for a heart abnormality or other disorder present at birth

  • Have a family history of heart disease

  • Taken certain medications or been exposed to medications that can cause heart defects, such as medications used to treat epilepsy or prescription acne drugs

  • Already have a child with a heart condition

  • Used drugs or alcohol during your pregnancy

  • Other medical conditions, including rubella, type 1 diabetes, lupus, or phenylketonuria, which is an inability to break down an important amino acid called phenylalanine

IMPACT- Provided fetal echocardiography screening to more than 8000 expectant mothers

More than 20,000 underprivileged children for congenital heart defects has been screened in three locations namely – Delhi, Siliguri and Punjab || Approximately 8000 pregnant women have been screened in three locations namely – Delhi, Siliguri and Punjab || 99 children successfully underwent Heart Surgeries under CHF Hridaan ® Program || Approximately 1,00,000 people have participated in community awareness programs on Healthy Heart || 8 Children with Pulmonary Hypertension are provided life saving medicines at their doorsteps || 4 patients are receiving financial assistance for their cost of outstation travel to access follow up treatments || 75 Doctors from different parts of India have been trained to launch this program on Pan India Level in future || 18 active volunteers are providing 10,000 hours of voluntary service annually