Fetal Cardiac Dysfunction -- Child
- Pumping weakly
- Pumping irregularly
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- Family history of congenital heart defect
- Certain chromosomal disorders in the child
- Previous pregnancy with fetal heart abnormalities or miscarriage
- Conditions during pregnancy, such as:
- Irregular—extra or missed beats
- Tachycardia —heart beats too fast
- Bradycardia —heart beats too slowly
- Abnormal heart structure
- Blood flow problems
- Fetal ultrasound—a test that uses sound waves to get pictures and data on the baby’s growth and organs
- Fetal echocardiogram —a specialized cardiac ultrasound that uses sound waves to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart
- Fetal MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the baby’s chest, abdomen, and brain
- Amniocentesis —the removal of a small amount of fluid from the uterus (womb) to test for genetic abnormalities and to check the baby’s development
- Perinatologist or maternal-fetal medicine specialist—a doctor who specializes in the treatment of high-risk pregnancies
- Pediatric cardiologist—a doctor who specializes in heart conditions in children
- Visit your doctor regularly. Your doctor will monitor your health and the health of your baby. Certain tests may be able to detect a heart defect in a growing fetus.
- Have a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy food and take prenatal vitamins.
- Do not drink alcohol, smoke, or use drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant.
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Fetal heart rate monitoring. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient%5Feducation/bp015.cfm . Accessed July 28, 2010.
American Heart Association. Congenital heart defects. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.yourethecureonthehill.heart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4565 . Accessed July 15, 2010.
American Heart Association. Fetal echocardiography. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.yourethecureonthehill.heart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3005386 . Accessed July 15, 2010.
Children’s Hospital Boston. Diagnosing heart defects. Children’s Hospital Boston website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site540/mainpageS540P7.html . Accessed July 15, 2010.
Kids Health. Congenital heart defects. Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/heart/congenital%5Fheart%5Fdefects.html . Accessed July 15, 2010.
Pregnancy Info. Abnormal heartbeats. Pregnancy Info website. Available at: http://www.pregnancy-info.net/abnormal%5Fheartbeats.html . Accessed July 28, 2010.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2012 -