Over 95 percent of congenital (from birth) cardiac defects can be detected in-utero, most commonly at 18-20 weeks of gestation. Although in-utero diagnosis can improve surgical outcomes, long-term neurological outcomes, and perinatal mortality (stillbirths), nationally just 30 percent of heart disease is diagnosed prenatally.
At Children's, pediatric cardiologists partner with family practice physicians, obstetricians, perinatologists, and other phyisicians to assist in the diagnosis and management of fetal congenital heart defects. Cardiologists are experienced in conducting focused studies to evaluate the structure and flow of the featl heart.
For families who find out prenatally about congenital heart defects, Children's has the largest high-risk neonatal referral center in the state, with treatment outcomes that rank among the best in the world.
For more information about fetal diagnosis of heart conditions, please call Children's Heart Clinic at (612) 813-8800 or 1-800-938-0301.