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How to perform functional assessment of the fetal heart? – pictorial review
Luciane Alves Rocha, Liliam Cristine Rolo, Edward Araujo Júnior
Paulista School of Medicine, Federal University of São Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil
Corresponding Author: Edward Araujo Júnior ,Tel: +55-11-3796-5944, Fax: +55-11-3796-5944, Email: araujojred@terra.com.br
Received: November 9, 2018;  Accepted: February 7, 2019.  Published online: February 7, 2019.
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ABSTRACT
The purpose of this pictorial review was to describe various echocardiographic techniques that can be used in the functional assessment of the fetal heart. The systolic and diastolic assessments of the fetal heart have been dealt with separately, with an emphasis on two-dimensional Doppler methods while also addressing new technologies. The aim of this summary was to review which tools can be used by the echocardiographer and from there, systematize the execution of this functional assessment, evaluating the technique for which the examiner has greater skills, with completion of sequential exams in those fetuses that may develop cardiac dysfunction.
Keywords: Fetal heart; Function; Echocardiography; Color Doppler
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