Fetal Cardiac Intervention :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Fetal Cardiac Intervention

The fetal heart program, part of the Congenital Heart Collaborative, is Ohio’s first single-site fetal cardiac intervention program, specializing in detection and treatment of fetal cardiac defects in infants still in the womb.

One of only a handful of such programs in the country, the fetal heart program brings together experts in maternal fetal medicine, pediatric and interventional cardiology, pediatric cardiac and obstetrical anesthesia, pediatric cardiac surgery, neonatology and other specialties to ensure seamless care for mothers and their babies with fetal heart defects, both before, during and after birth.

In-Utero Diagnosis and Treatment

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a rare but serious congenital heart defect that requires a series of surgeries after a baby is born and the potential for lifelong complications. Our experts are trained in fetal cardiac intervention and can often prevent or lessen the severity of this and other defects in-utero, using advanced fetal cardiac procedures. This may lead to fewer complications at birth and potentially better outcomes for babies in both the short- and long-term. Congenital heart defects we diagnose and offer fetal intervention for include:

  • Critical aortic stenosis
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) with restrictive atrial septum
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) with intact atrial septum
  • Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum

Advanced Fetal Procedures

Fetal heart procedures our specially trained team performs include:

  • Fetal aortic balloon valvuloplasty
  • Fetal atrial septostomy
  • Fetal atrial septal stent
  • Fetal pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty

Referral Information

If you have questions about fetal cardiac intervention, please contact the Fetal Cardiac Intervention team at 1-866-929-2099.

For Physicians

If you are a physician and want to refer a patient, please complete our online cardiology request an appointment form. Select "Fetal Cardiac" from the reasons for referral list.

For Patients and Families

If you would like to contact our team for a second opinion, please complete our medical inquiry form.

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