Fetal cardiac dysfunction refers to a number of heart problems in a growing fetus. For example, the heart can be:

  • Pumping weakly
  • Pumping irregularly

The heart is not adequately able to move blood through the fetus’ body. This can cause distress in the fetus. The condition can range from mild to severe.

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Cardiac dysfunction may be due to:

  • Genetic diseases that affect the heart
  • Problems with structures of the heart
  • Infections
  • Exposure to certain substances such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and some medications