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Some parents-to-be learn their baby has a heart problem before birth.
Pregnant women can have their ob-gyn refer them to a cardiologist who is trained in checking the hearts of unborn babies. He or she can do a fetal echocardiogram (ECHO) any time from week 18 of pregnancy to delivery.
An early diagnosis offers both the family and their doctor time to plan the baby's care.
After your baby is born, you'll need your pediatrician or family doctor to refer you to a children's heart doctor.
If they referred you to the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we'll send you a letter to confirm.
Please plan to set aside a few hours for an office visit so your child's care team can:
Since UPMC Children's is a teaching hospital, your child will see a heart doctor and either a:
After the exam, the heart doctor will explain your child's diagnosis, answer your questions, and discuss any plans for future treatment.
Some kids don't need treatment even though they have a heart problem. In other cases, the doctor may suggest further diagnostic tests or treatment.
Treatments could include:
Learning all about your child's heart problem is no easy task.
The doctor will be glad to spend as much time as you wish to talk about your child's diagnosis and treatment plans. Other members of your child's heart care team also are happy to provide this kind of help.
When you schedule your child's next office visit, you can ask for the same heart doctor. If you don't make this request, your child will see the doctor assigned to the office that day.
If you have more questions after your appointment, you can call us or schedule a time to talk with us in person. And you or your family doctor can contact a UPMC Children's heart doctor any time, 24/7 in case of an emergency.
For the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, call 412-692-5540.
Or if you don't live close to Pittsburgh, find UPMC Children's heart care near you.
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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