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).

This two-part book will enlighten the readers with 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.

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.

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 1 covers the basics of perinatal cardiology with chapters that introduce readers to CHD classification, fetal heart and placental physiology and pathology, diagnosis of fetal cardiac malposition and anomalies and some congenital heart defects such as septal defects, cardiac anomalies of the left and sec sides, conotruncal anomalies and aortic arch anomalies.

Part 2 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.

About the Editors:

Prof. Edward Araujo Junior obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2007 and specialization in maternal-fetal medicine in 2008 from the Department of Obstetrics, Paulista School of Medicine — Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP). He did postdoctoral fellowships in fetal therapy, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 2011, in fetal cardiology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine (USA) in 2012, and in in fetal therapy, Department of Obstetrics, Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands) in 2015. Currently, he is an associate professor of fetal medicine discipline — Department of Obstetrics, Poulista School of Medicine — Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP).

Prof. Nathalie Jeanne Magioli Bravo-Valenzuela is a fulltime adjunct professor of pediatric cardiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil (since 2020). In 2019, she obtained her Ph.D. in fetal cardiology from the Paulista School of Medicine — Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP), Brazil. During her Ph.D., she underwent research training in perinatal cardiology of All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins University and University of South Florida Children’s Research Institute, US (2014).

Prof. Alberto Borges Peixoto is an adjunct professor at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro, Uberaba-MG, Brazil (since 2017). He is also an adjunct professor of Uberaba University — Uberaba-MG, Brazil (since 2005). In 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. in obstetrics from the Paulista School of Medicine — Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). In 2010-2012, he did a research fellowship in fetal medicine at Kings College Hospital, London-UK.

cardiac heart defects, cardiology, fetal heart, postnatal treatment, perinatal ultrasound, fetal cardiology, clinical management, pediatric cardiology, congenital heart defects, aortic arch anomalies

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