Seeing my baby´s heart while expecting

FIESA_ultrasound_244crThe study of the fetal heart is done by means of the fetal echocardiography, which consists in an abdominal ultrasound performed in pregnant women but centered in the baby’s heart.

Cardiac malformations are the most frequent congenital anomalies, but the question is if 100% of the cardiac diseases in the maternal uterus are detected. Although it is true that it is not possible to rule out all of them, most of the clinically significant cases can be diagnosed. Sigue leyendo

My child has a murmur in the heart


Boom, boom. Boom, boom. That is the sound of our heart with each beat.

Boom, boom. Boom, boom. That is what all mothers expect to hear in the 6-8 weeks of gestation, and every time that they go through a checkup during pregnancy. It is the sound of life.

And that is what we pediatricians are lucky to hear every time that we use the phonendoscope to auscultate your child, what indicates us the rhythm of his/her heart.

But, what happens when we find a murmur in the heart as well? What is that? Is it important? Why does the emergency physician tell me that my child has a murmur when the pediatrician has never told me anything about it? Sigue leyendo