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Fetal Cardiology and Fetal Echo- Cardiology is relatively new field to India and has major impact on clinical practice of Sonologists, Obstetricians and Paediatricians. 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 heart 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. Your obstetrician may recommend that you have this procedure done if previous tests detected an abnormal heartbeat in the fetus.

You may also need this test 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

Why Every Mother Should Consider a Fetal Echocardiogram ?

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, an unborn baby growing inside the shelter of his mother’s body. Many mothers would never think that anything could be wrong with their little ones but would make great sacrifices if they knew of any problems. Thankfully, technology, such as fetal echocardiograms, has come a long way to help people spot developmental problems. To perceive problems with the baby’s heart early on, every mother should consider getting a fetal echocardiogram sometime during her pregnancy.

Why Is This Test Important?

Abnormal results from a fetal echocardiography can be inconclusive or require that you get more testing to figure out what might be wrong. Once a diagnosis is determined, you can better manage your pregnancy and prepare for delivery. Information from this test will help you and your doctor plan any treatments that may need to happen after delivery, such as correctional surgery. You can also get the support and counseling you need to make good decisions for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Who are the Patients?

At Child Heart Foundation, we are the only one centre where this evaluation is done free of cost for economically weaker pregnant ladies.