What To Know About Fetal Echocardiograms

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If your doctor orders a fetal echocardiogram (often called “fetal echo”), you likely have nothing to worry about. This procedure, which uses ultrasound imaging to map the fetal heart, is used to detect congenital heart defects, which occur in about 1% of births. About 1 in 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical congenital heart defect which require surgery