Editors: Edward Araujo Júnior, Nathalie Jeanne M. Bravo-Valenzuela, Alberto Borges Peixoto

Perinatal Cardiology-Part 2

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ISBN: 978-981-14-6653-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-6655-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2020
DOI: 10.2174/97898114665571200101


In Perinatal Cardiology, fetal cardiology experts provide key information on tools for fetal evaluation through echocardiography / cardiac ultrasonography, with a primary focus on the nature and prenatal detection of structural and functional cardiac heart defects (CHDs). In this two-part book, readers will find details about different types of fetal cardiac abnormalities along with important updates on the diagnosis, management, planning delivery, and postnatal treatment in CHD cases. This information is supplemented with guidelines for the clinical management of patients with a fetus affected by cardiovascular defects, and surgical procedures in neonates.

Key features:

  1. -presents information gathered by experts in perinatal cardiology, organized into 26 topic-based chapters
  2. -explores the cardiac development, fetal cardiovascular hemodynamics, genetic and environmental factors associated with congenital heart defects (CHD), perinatal management, planning delivery, and postnatal treatment of newborns with CHD
  3. -presents information about normal cardiac functions and heart defects to give readers a clear and detailed picture of abnormal cardiac function
  4. -presents information about perinatal ultrasound physiology
  5. -gives practical guidelines for ultrasound and echography parameters required for evaluating fetal heart anatomy and diagnosing diseases
  6. -includes a new system of classifying prenatal CHDs based on the stratification of the risk level of care
  7. -features a straightforward and accessible style of presentation suitable for all readers
  8. -provides references in each chapter for further reading

Part 2 of this two-part set delves into different fetal anomalies such as ventricular inflow anomalies, myocardial and pericardial diseases, cardiac tumors, extra-cardiac conditions, cardiac failure, and environmental factors associated with CHD. The latter chapters cover clinical topics such as labor management for patients bearing a child with CHD, fetal cardiac interventions, clinical management of neonates with CHD and postnatal surgery.

Perinatal Cardiology is an essential reference for postgraduate medical students seeking to improve their knowledge of fetal and pediatric cardiology as part of their residency and professional training. The book equips readers with the information necessary to understand the role of the perinatal cardiologist and goes further to facilitate the ability to perform adequate risk assessments for fetal CHD.


In Perinatal Cardiology, Edward Araujo Júnior, Nathalie Jeanne M. Bravo-Valenzuela, and Alberto Borges Peixoto have compiled a concise textbook, encompassing the fascinating, and demanding, study of the developing human heart. Malformations and disorders affecting the cardiovascular system are both the most commonly occurring in fetuses and neonates, and the most frequently missed in prenatal scanning. They contribute significantly to neonatal morbidity and mortality and impact on all stages of obstetric and neonatal management. Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) can improve neonatal and later outcomes. With the ongoing improvements in perinatal and pediatric care of patients with congenital heart defects, their impact will be evinced in later life stages, in reproductive care of women with CHD as well as genetic counseling for affected families.

Perinatal Cardiology comprises all these aspects of CHD, not overlooking the development of the uteroplacental circulation and the placenta itself, integral parts of the fetal cardiovascular system. The editors have enlisted an international cast of contributing authors who offer their expert guidance on fetal echocardiographic evaluation, and the particular nuances of fetal echocardiography performed early in gestation. Chapters are also devoted to the genetic investigation necessary in CHD, as well as the environmental factors that may be associated with CHD. This volume provides an overview of the anatomic malformations and disordered cardiovascular function that clinicians might encounter, and the pre- and post-natal interventions that can be offered.

Perinatal Cardiology will be of interest to everyone, including obstetricians, midwives, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric cardiologists, sonographers, and others dedicated to improve health and wellness of mothers and their babies.

Prof. Simcha Yagel
Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centers


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