Fetal Heart Program

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A problem with your baby’s heart can overwhelm you. You want answers. You want an experienced team to help you on this journey. 

At UVA, we’re with you and your baby every step of the way. We offer the largest fetal heart program in Virginia. Our team boasts some of the most experienced specialists in the state.  

Expert Care for Infant Heart Conditions

We provide a range of services for congenital heart defects. Our team includes maternal fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology, neonatology, and pediatric cardiovascular surgery.

U.S. News and World Report ranks UVA Children’s in their 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospitals guide for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. Our neonatology services also rank among the top 50 nationally.

Advanced Treatment Options for Babies with Heart Defects

We care for all types of congenital and acquired heart defects, including:

  • Single ventricle palliation, including the Norwood procedure
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Complex valve repairs
  • Arterial switches
  • Cardiac catheterization program, including interventional cath treatment of many defects
  • Heart rhythm surgery
  • Heart transplant

We care for patients in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Richmond, and Winchester.

Care and Support from the Start

If your baby has a heart problem, we’ll work with you and your doctor to plan your care and discuss your options.

Our care team guides you through all stages of your baby's care:

  • Identifying congenital conditions during pregnancy
  • Providing immediate care after birth
  • Continuing treatment and support as your baby grows and develops
  • Home monitoring for babies with complex single ventricle defects

Conditions We Treat

  • Absent pulmonary valve
  • Anomalous coronary artery
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrioventricular canal defect
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Pediatric cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the aorta (COA)
  • Coronary artery fistula
  • Double aortic arch
  • Double-outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein's anomaly
  • Fetal arrhythmias, including atrial flutter and supraventricular tachycardia
  • Fetal cardiac dysfunction
  • Heart block
  • Heart murmurs
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Myocarditis
  • Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA)
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary atresia

Penn's Catheter Procedure Helped Her Heart

Penn's heart wasn't fully developed when she was born. But, a catheter procedure done at UVA helped open her right ventricle, allowing her heart to grow normally. Today, she doesn't need the two other heart surgeries she was scheduled for. View Penn's heart catheter transcript.

Heart Surgery for Infants

Our experts perform surgeries and procedures to treat infant heart problems, including:

  • Aortic arch repair
  • Arterial switch 
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair
  • Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Coarctation repair
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Fontan procedure for single ventricle anomalies
  • Glenn procedure for tricuspid atresia
  • Heart rhythm surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) implantation 
  • PDA closure
  • Tetralogy of fallot repair
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) repair