The Physiology of the Fetal Cardiovascular System

Authors: Jeffrey Vergales, MD
Credit/contact hours: 1.0
Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes
Publication Date: March 14, 2019
Expiration date: March 14, 2025



Understanding the physiology of the fetal cardiovascular system is an important part of diagnosing fetal CHD. In this lesson, you will be introduced to an overview of fetal circulation and how it differs from post-natal circulation. The function of the fetal shunts and the physiologic principles that govern blood flow and oxygenation will also be discussed.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • Explain basic echocardiography techniques for the fetal cardiovascular system
  • Identify congenital heart disease in utero
  • Discuss maternal and placental conditions affecting the fetal cardiovascular system
  • Detail methods of detection and perinatal management of fetal arrhythmias
  • Identify associated genetic abnormalities with CHD

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close the tab.