Each year in the United States, eight in 1,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect. Not all of these defects are critical, but some do affect the survival and well-being of infants.
At UVA, our Fetal Heart Program specializes in the detection, evaluation and management of fetal cardiac defects and fetal cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Learn about the fetal heart conditions we treat.
Why You Should Choose UVA
Many heart defects are detected while the baby is still in the womb. We use advanced imaging to diagnose problems before delivery, which may be vital to your baby’s well-being after birth.
Babies with severe heart defects have improved chances of survival with previous knowledge of their congenital conditions.
Learn more about fetal echocardiograms.
Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
Our doctors use cardiac catheterization (also called a heart cath) to diagnose and treat heart defects in babies and children. During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube is guided into the heart. Heart caths are often performed for:
- Aortic or pulmonary valve stenosis
- Balloon angioplasty
- Stent and valve placement
In addition, we offer a wide range of treatment options, including pacemakers, defibrillators and ablation, tailored to the specific needs of the smaller but growing bodies of infants.
Find out more about heart treatment options for infants.
Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant
We’ve successfully transplanted donor hearts in children of all ages. Our services include transplant with ECMO and pediatric ventricular assist devices (VADs).
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UVA's Pediatric Heart Team
Our pediatric fetal heart surgeons:
- Perform all types of congenital heart surgery
- Place pacemakers and defibrillators
- Do heart transplants
- Offer ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
If your baby has a heart problem, we’ll work with you and your obstetrician to plan your care and discuss your options.
Our care team guides you through all stages of your baby's care. From identifying congenital conditions during pregnancy and immediate care after birth, we will continue treatment and support as your baby grows and develops.
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