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Pregant and doctor said that the baby heart beat is slow what are some options?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Fetal bradycardia is: Usually transient, but may be important. If it persists, your OB may refer to a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease & cardiac arrhythmias & to a perinatologist or fetal-maternal medicine specialist. Other causes include maternal medications, maternal hypotension &, depending on gestational age, compression of the umbilical cord.
Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
Pediatric Cardiology 18 years experience
Depends on how slow: If heart rate of fetus is slower than 100 beats/minute definitely would recommend a high risk perinatal/pediatric cardiology opinion. Also recommend work up for maternal sle.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
Fetal heart : It is important to know how slow , baby might have heart block they should do detailed fetal echo ...

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