Moms Whose Babies Are Affected by Congenital Heart Disease Needed for Research Study

The research lab of Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, conducts research on congenital heart disease (CHD). Currently, the lab is studying possible associations between a mother’s exposure to certain viruses and her baby developing CHD.

Our research involves generally healthy women who are greater than 5 months (20 weeks) pregnant with a fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (a birth defect of the heart). If you meet the following criteria and would like to participate in the study, please complete this online survey or contact Trupti Shah, RN, BSN, clinical research  coordinator, at 314-362-1729 or e-mail

To be eligible, you:

  • Must be able to give consent and authorization for health record release\
  • Are greater than 18 years of age
  • Have a single baby pregnancy
  • Have no more than 3 extra cardiac defects (beyond the heart defect)
  • Have not used fertility treatments for this pregnancy

You will be directed to an online form to complete.

Although, there may be no direct benefit to you, we hope that this study will benefit other babies/ children with heart defects in the future.