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When is a fetal echocardiogram important?
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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Suspected problems
If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc.
It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem.

In brief: Suspected problems
If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc.
It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem.
Dr. David Finke
Dr. David Finke
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
In brief: History/findings.
If you had diabetes mellitus before your pregnancy, if you or a prior infant have congenital heart defects, if you were exposed to phenytoin/warfarin/ace-inhibitors/valproate/ssris/lithium periconceptionally, if you are morbidly obese and/or if a fetal comprehensive sonogram is abnormal or suspicious for cardiac anomalies (per mfm or radiologist), then a fetal echo is warranted to know for sure.

In brief: History/findings.
If you had diabetes mellitus before your pregnancy, if you or a prior infant have congenital heart defects, if you were exposed to phenytoin/warfarin/ace-inhibitors/valproate/ssris/lithium periconceptionally, if you are morbidly obese and/or if a fetal comprehensive sonogram is abnormal or suspicious for cardiac anomalies (per mfm or radiologist), then a fetal echo is warranted to know for sure.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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