Almost one in one hundred babies are born with a heart problem. The cardiac team at Arkansas Children's understands parents' concerns and the importance of diagnosing heart problems early – even before your baby's birth.
The Fetal Heart Center is part of The Heart Center at Arkansas Children's. Our program includes pediatric cardiologists and sonographers with expertise in fetal cardiac imaging and congenital heart defects. We work together with other subspecialties including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Genetics, to provide you with the most comprehensive prenatal care for your unborn child. Arkansas Children's in cooperation with the University of Arkansas is one of only two pediatric hospitals in the nation performing fetal magnetocardiography to fully evaluate the heart rhythm of the baby.
See an example of a fetal echocardiogram.
Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects, occurring at a rate of approximately eight cases per 1,000 live births.