Fetal Cardiology Division
The fetal cardiology division at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi was launched in January 2008. The aim of this service is to create awareness among the medical community regarding the need and potential benefits of prenatal diagnosis of birth defects of the heart. This will provide the concerned families with more options for management rather than facing the trauma of making a decision after the baby is born. We offer a comprehensive approach to the patient including facilities for diagnosis, counseling and treatment of various types of heart problems in the developing fetus. We have state of the art equipment for fetal heart imaging including 4D STIC ultrasound technology for the fetal heart. We have pioneered the concept of prenatal diagnosis and planned perinatal care for fetuses with critical heart defects in India with onsite delivery and expedited neonatal cardiac care, all under one roof. We have a dedicated fetal cardiologist, counselor and a coordinator and we work in close liaison with the allied departments like obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, genetics, cardiac surgery and neonatology. We have also established out-reach services for fetal heart screening in high-risk obstetric units in Kerala.
Since its inception in January 2008, we have already done more than seven thousand five hundred fetal echo studies, including our extended services. More than three hundred women with a fetus with critical heart defect have undergone planned delivery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and more than one hundred neonatal cardiac procedures have been accomplished with a near total success rate. The first successful in-utero fetal cardiac intervention in Kerala (fetal balloon aortic valvuloplasty) was done by our team. Fetal Heart is our annual academic event, bringing together a multidisciplinary forum of experts from all over the country to discuss state of the art developments in the field of fetal cardiology. We offer training facilities for those medical professionals who are interested in learning the art of fetal heart scan. Prof. Balu Vaidyanathan heads the program, supported by Dr. Shine Kumar (associate consultant). Dr Balu is the recipient of the prestigious commonwealth fellowship (UK) in fetal cardiology.
- Comprehensive fetal cardiac imaging and diagnosis including 4D STIC fetal echocardiography.
- Counseling about treatment options.
- Planned peri-partum care in liaison with department of obstetrics and gynecology.
- Neonatal cardiac care including all forms of complex heart surgery and catheter based interventions.
- In-utero treatment for selected cardiac defects in liaison with fetal medicine.