Congenital heart disease is the most common abnormality in the unborn child, occurring in approximately one out of every 100 babies. Fetal Cardiologists from the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado are integral members of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health team. Advanced training in the detection and management of fetal congenital heart disease enables our fetal cardiologists to diagnose cardiac anomalies as early as 14 weeks gestation.
In addition to structural heart defects, our fetal cardiologists are also trained in the management of fetal heart rhythm and function abnormalities. Our team currently performs more than 500 fetal echocardiograms each year.
If a heart defect is identified in the baby, we provide multidisciplinary, comprehensive family consultation to fully explain fetal heart defect, discuss pregnancy and delivery planning, and review long-term expectations for the child with congenital heart disease. The multidisciplinary team may include specialists from maternal fetal medicine, fetal surgery, pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and other relevant pediatric and adult medical specialty areas at Children’s Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital.
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit offers Immediate, Advanced Cardiac Care After Birth
After delivery at University of Colorado Hospital or Children’s Colorado, babies with congenital heart defects will be cared for by pediatric cardiology experts at the Heart Institute at Children’s Colorado. The baby may be transferred to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Colorado, which is staffed by pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac intensivists and pediatric cardiology nurses who offer the highest-level of pediatric cardiology care possible.