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Fetal Cardiology
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Dr. Fadi Bit​ar, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Director of the Children’s Heart Center
fbitar@aub.edu.lb​

Dr. Mariam Arabi, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Director of the Fetal Heart Program​
Director of the In-Patient Service​

ma81@aub.edu.lb​

Dr. Anas Tabbakh, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fellow
at31@aub.edu.lb

Dr. Ziad Bulbul, MD
Director of Fellowship Program
Director of Echocardiography Laboratory


Dr. Haytham Bou Hussein, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fellow
Hb56@aub.edu.lb​ ​

Dr. Fatme Charafeddine, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fellow
​fc07@aub.edu.lb

Mohamad Abutaqa, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist, Fellow
ma341@aub.edu.lb 

Fetal Cardiology

The CHC at the AUBMC provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary Fetal Heart Program that allows for early detection of congenital heart disease before the child is born, at around 18 - 24 weeks of gestation. This new program is one of a kind in the country and in the region as it aims to provide comprehensive management of the baby with heart disease even before birth. Our team of specialists uses the most advanced technologies in order to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis of congenital heart disease in utero. The impact of prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease has been shown to improve the outcome by detecting cardiac lesions even prior to the child’s birth. This approach helps rationally and emotionally for a better preparation of the family for each step in the continuum of the baby’s heart care.

We partner with obstetricians, family medicine practitioners and other specialists to evaluate patients with risk factors or circumstances that may result in cardiac defects, including:

Evaluate Pat​ients with​​ ​
​Maternal Conditions​
  • Maternal systemic diseases (Lupus, Diabetes, etc.)​
  • Family history of previous child with congenital heart disease
  • Late maternal age
  • Maternal intake of potentially teratogenic medications or drugs
  • Maternal infections
  • Pregnancy conceived through artificial reproductive techniques
Fetal Conditions
  • Abnormal obstetrical ultrasound or inability to visualize the fetal heart
  • Fetal genetic and extracardiac anomalies
  • Suspected fetal arrhythmias
  • Fetal hydrops




 
 

Continuing Fetal Care/A Collaborative Relationship

Upon diagnosis, our fetal cardiology team coordinates for further evaluations by subspecialists (such as genetic referral and counseling), as deemed necessary, as well as meeting with the neonatology team to prepare the family for the expected post-natal care. 
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