Approximately 1-in-100 fetuses have some form of congenital heart disease, the majority of which are mild septal defects. Other less common forms of fetal cardiac disease can be very complex and may have significant implications for ongoing pregnancy management and delivery planning. A fetal echocardiogram (ECHO) is a more detailed examination of the baby’s heart than is normally performed at the 18-20 week anatomy scan. A fetal ECHO is ideally performed at 22-24 weeks, when the heart is larger and easier to image.
At SHORE FOR WOMEN, we have a particular interest in congenital heart disease and Dr. Colin Walsh has performed hundreds of fetal ECHOs in high-risk pregnancies. Cases for which a fetal ECHO is recommended include:
Most, but not all, types of congenital heart disease may be diagnosed prenatally. The team at SHORE FOR WOMEN have managed large numbers of the following anomalies: