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Apr 25, 2014 6:34 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New guidelines released for monitoring fetal heart complications

The American Heart Association has new guidelines highlighting which pregnant women need to be monitored for fetal heart complications.

Experts say women who have diabetes before pregnancy, those who have taken painkillers called NSAIDs in their third trimester, and those with a family history of congenital heart defects should go through screening to check their child's heart.

The guidelines also outline fetal heart conditions that can be treated with medication given to the mother, or through experimental in-utero procedures that use catheterization.

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