Fetal Heart Program

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No other program in the state offers UVA’s breadth of services for congenital heart defects, including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, infant and pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiovascular surgery. 

Infant heart conditions we treat include:

  • 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
  • Pulmonary hypertension in babies (PPHN)
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Single ventricle anomalies
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Tricuspid atresia (TA)
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular ring
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

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.

Fetal Cardiology: A Range of Advanced Treatments

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

  • Aortic arch repair
  • Arterial switch 
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair
  • BT shunt
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Coarctation repair
  • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • 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

Our program also offers at-home monitoring for babies with complex single ventricle defects. This is part of a national quality initiative to help improve the survival of patients.

Check for congenital conditions during pregnancy

Learn about our 3D fetal echo ultrasound