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Prenatal Cardiology

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Recommendations for Fetal Echocardiography in Singleton Pregnancy in 2015

Maria Respondek-Liberska
  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Department of Diagnoses and Prevention Fetal Malformations Medical University of Lodz, Poland
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/ Mark Sklansky
  • Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California USA
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/ Dennis Wood / Maciej Słodki
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  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Institute of Health Sciences. The State School of Higher Professional Education in Plock, Poland
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/ Stuart Weiner
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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/ Bettina Cuneo
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology, The Fetal Heart Program, Colorado Fetal Care Center, Colorado Institute for Maternal Fetal Health, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA
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/ James C. Huhta / Ulli Gembruch / Giuseppe Rizzo
  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Dept Obstetrics and Gynecology Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", Roma, Italy
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/ Gurleen Sharland
  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Department of Congenital Heart Disease, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
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/ Reuven Achiron
  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center Tel-Hashomer, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
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/ Jay D. Pruetz
  • Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital Research Institute, Lodz, Poland
  • Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
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Published Online: 2015-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.12847/06155

Abstract

The first recommendations and guidelines for physicians training in fetal echocardiography (FE) were created in 1990 and later on up-dated by multiple medical associations and journals in Europe and the United States. This time advanced fetal cardiac ultrasound recommendations focused more on the organizational and logistical aspects of FE, to better define the fetal echo guidelines for practitioners in tertiary centers. Underlined is FE in 3rd trimester, with special attention to the direction of flow across the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosus.

AHA classification of heart defects in prenatal cardiology into seven major groups (from 2014) is presented as well as the Polish classification into four groups (from 2012) related to the urgency of required time to postnatal treatment/intervention based on FE findings in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

Current definition of fetal cardiologist in 2015 is also presented.

Keywords: fetal heart classifications; 3rd trimester; fetal cardiologist

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About the article

Received: 2015-06-14

Accepted: 2015-07-02

Published Online: 2015-12-30

Published in Print: 2015-06-01


Citation Information: Prenatal Cardiology, ISSN (Online) 2353-8201, DOI: https://doi.org/10.12847/06155.

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