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In the United States, nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a heart disorder, per the Children’s Heart Foundation.
With modern ultrasound technology and fetal cardiac expertise, we can now find many heart defects before a child is born.
Obstetricians can refer their pregnant patients to a pediatric heart doctor for a special ultrasound, called a fetal echocardiogram (echo). An echo uses sound waves to make detailed pictures of the baby’s heart.
We offer echo scans through the Fetal Cardiology Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.
A pediatric cardiologist or specially trained sonographer will do a fetal echo to check your baby’s heart.
Pediatric heart doctors have special training in echo testing to diagnose congenital heart disease (CHD) as early as 18 weeks.
After the echo, you will meet with the heart doctor to discuss the results.
If we find a heart defect after the fetal echo, your heart doctor will work closely with your ob-gyn. Together they'll make a plan for more testing and delivery.
We'll stay in close contact with you and your ob-gyn team until your baby arrives.
We offer a host of support services for parents facing the diagnosis of CHD in their child.
We may also refer you to the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital for:
For appointments or consults at the Fetal and Perinatal Cardiology Program, call 412-692-5540.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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