Fetal Cardiology

Congenital heart disease is one among the most common birth defects. However, advancements in medical science has made it possible for doctors to identify most heart defects before the birth of a child and plan for appropriate treatment right after birth.        

The Fetal Cardiology Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is one among the very few in the UAE that offers comprehensive services in the diagnosis and management of fetal heart defects.            

The fetal cardiology team at Al Jalila Children’s employs advanced and safe imaging methods to make an early and accurate diagnosis of possible heart defects in an unborn child. Early detection enables the family and medical team to take necessary precautions and develop a care plan for delivery and care of the newborn. This coordinated care leads to a better outcome for the baby and entire family.

With ten dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) beds and a 1:1 nurse to patient ratio, we have an expert team of paediatric cardiac intensivists that take care of children of all age groups before and after surgery. They are available round-the-clock and are supported by a dedicated team of physiotherapists and respiratory therapists in the CICU who are trained in rehabilitation of children after the treatment of their heart condition.

The Fetal Clinic is part of the Heart Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s which is the only facility in Dubai that provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options in cardiology and cardiac surgery for children. Our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled staff make the Centre one of the best in the Middle East. A dynamic team of highly accomplished paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists and intensivists can provide the latest and the best possible treatment for all kinds of heart diseases in children across all age groups.    

Fetal Echocardiography

A fetal echocardiogram is a very detailed evaluation of your baby’s heart by a specialist in fetal echocardiography who is trained to use ultrasound to study the structure of your baby’s heart.

Sometimes routine ultrasounds detect abnormal fetal heart rhythms, fetal heart abnormalities or abnormalities of another major organ system. If one of these abnormalities or other risk factors is detected, your physician may recommend a fetal echocardiogram. Pregnant women who are at increased risk of giving birth to a baby with congenital heart disease should have a detailed fetal echocardiogram performed by a physician who is specially trained in fetal cardiac evaluation.

We provide urgent and elective fetal echocardiograms from 12 weeks to term to screen for structural, functional and rhythm-related fetal heart disease in at-risk or affected pregnancies, including indications of:

  • Abnormal general fetal ultrasound suggesting heart disease or dysrhythmia
  • Extracardiac defects
  • Increased nuchal translucency
  • Abnormal maternal serum screening
  • Maternal disease, such as diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), and collagen vascular and autoimmune disease
  • Maternal teratogen exposure
  • Family history of single gene disorders or congenital heart disease
  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Team

Dr. Mahmoud Al Soufi

Paediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Nermeen El-Kholy

Paediatric Cardiologist

      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
800 AJCH (8002524)
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