Many of the major types of congenital heart disease are diagnosed antenatally before 20 weeks gestation. These include forms of pulmonary atresia, truncus arteriosus, some forms of transposition of the great arteries and hypoplastic left heart.
Professor Winlaw consults with parents and families antenatally, usually after referral by a paediatric cardiologist who has made the diagnosis. During this discussion, the basics of the anatomy and anticipated procedures are discussed and questions answered.
Antenatal scans provide an insight into the abnormalities that are likely to be present at birth. Confirmation of the diagnosis and an understanding of other aspects of the baby’s health need to be determined before making a plan for surgery.