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I was thought to have Marfan's syndrome. My first pregnancy I had echo of my heart done many times but no changes. Does that clear me from having it?

I was thought to have Marfan's syndrome. My first pregnancy I had echo of my heart done many times but no changes. Does that clear me from having it?

Marfan syndrome: The echo shows whether the heart abnormalities on Marfan are present and to what extent. You could still have marfan's. Talk to your doctor and ask if you have it and what you need to do. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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4d imaging &echo during week 32 of pregnancy showed normal heart function;can a 4 month baby still have chance to be diagnosed w atrial septal defect?

4d imaging &echo during week 32 of pregnancy showed normal heart function;can a 4 month baby still have chance to be diagnosed w atrial septal defect?

Yes: An atrial septal defect (ASD) is almost never diagnosed prenatally, since an atrial opening (pfo) is normal at that time. Most of the time I diagnose an ASD it is after the baby has gone home from the hospital. A murmur is often not heard initially, developing only later. Fortunately early diagnosis is not critical, since intervention is usually not needed for several years. ...Read more

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28 yrs old 2 wks PP pregnancy. C section. Been having stabbing in center of chest for 3 days echo & ekg last month was normal afraid of heart attack?

28 yrs old 2 wks PP pregnancy. C section. Been having stabbing in center of chest for 3 days echo & ekg last month was normal afraid of heart attack?

Be reassured: Hi,
With your clinical history, normal echo, and ekg, your symptoms are not due a possible heart attack. I'm not sure exactly what is causing your symptoms, because we really need more information. Spending time consulting with your doctor or with a HealthTap inbox consult may help clarifying things. Please be reassured that this is probably not a "heart attack". ...Read more

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Potassium 3.7, costochondritis, and anemia after pregnancy. I'm stressed. Am I going to die? Feel weak and fast heart beat. Echo normal.

Potassium 3.7, costochondritis, and anemia after pregnancy. I'm stressed. Am I going to die? Feel weak and fast heart beat. Echo normal.

Anemia: You are not going to die. Your symptoms are commonly from mal nourishment as your baby took so much nourishment out of you. You need help to treat your anemia, and low potassium and probably low on a number of vital substances. Start with super nutrition, take slow release iron, potassium foods e.g. bananas, get good sleep and get help with your baby. You will get better and be OK. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy put pressure on a woman's heart?

Does pregnancy put pressure on a woman's heart?

Yes: Overall, yes. Blood volume in pregnancy increases significantly, and the heart needs to work more to pump it. Fortunately, the cardiovascular system adjusts very well to this greater demand and most women don't develop heart issues while pregnant. Women with previous heart disease, however, are at higher risk; there are also some rare but serious pregnancy-associated cardiac complications. ...Read more

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Is it common for my heart to race in pregnancy?

Is it common for my heart to race in pregnancy?

Yes: There are several reasons to explain this common occurrence. Anemia is common and it means you have less oxygen in your blood. Because your oxygen needs have stayed the same or possibly increased, you body is going to ask your heart to work harder to make up for the lower oxygen (really hemoglobin).
Another reason I have found is low magnesium. Consider 200-400mg of magnesium glycinate. ...Read more

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Racing heart and erratic rates during pregnancy, what to do?

Racing heart and erratic rates during pregnancy, what to do?

Racing heart: You should contact you obstetrician right away. Sometimes this is related to the weight and fluid gained during pregnancy, but you should see your doctor to make sure that the infant is getting enough blood and nutrients. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have fast and stronge heart pulse during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have fast and stronge heart pulse during pregnancy?

Not unusual: The blood volume increases gradually through the middle of pregnancy. The cardiac output also tends to go up. This can lead to the sense of more forceful heart beats. ...Read more

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What is a growth scan for in pregnancy? Will they check my baby's heart? I wanna know the heart rate! What will they measure in this scan? I'm 34weeks

What is a growth scan for in pregnancy? Will they check my baby's heart? I wanna know the heart rate! What will they measure in this scan? I'm 34weeks

Growth scan: A growth scan is an ultrasound to see that the baby is growing appropriately. They will take various measurements from which they will compare to those from a previous ultrasound to be sure they have grown enough and not too much. The baby's heart beat should be checked at each visit and you can ask what it is even without a scan. It should vary just as yours does. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes the heart 2 beat fast during pregnancy?

What causes the heart 2 beat fast during pregnancy?

Heart rate: The heart is pumping blood for two people so it needs to pump faster to pump the added volume demand. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant in her fourth month of pregnancy and at night times she is feeling pain on the upper left side just underneath thé heart! Why??

My wife is pregnant in her fourth month of pregnancy and at night times she is feeling pain on the upper left side just underneath thé heart! Why??

Uterine growth: Obviously a physical exam would shed light on this better. But. The uterus grows taking space, and pushing the intestines upward. This can cause discomfort anywhere in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Yes: Blood volume increases during pregnancy and a pregnant woman can develop a "flow"/innocent murmur assuming she has a structurally normal heart. If she has any structural abnormalities, then some murmurs may become more apparent. ...Read more

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Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

Yes: In many normal pregnancies a heart murmur can develop as a result of the increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. The vast majority of heart murmurs are harmless but in rare cases, they may suggest a problem with the mother’s heart valves. A physician can evaluate your condition and determine the cause of a murmur and whether it is something that needs further treatment or concern. ...Read more

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What does my fast heart rate during pregnancy mean?

What does my fast heart rate during pregnancy mean?

High output: During pregnancy, here is a significant increase in plasma volume, creating a dilutional effect on one's blood counts (anemia). This coupled with the large flow of blood from maternal circulation to the placenta causes a compensatory rise in heart rate to generate the necessary cardiac output and deliver enough oxygen to the tissues. ...Read more

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When can you hear a baby heart with just a stethoscope during pregnancy?

When can you hear a baby heart with just a stethoscope during pregnancy?

20 weeks: If you know exactly what to listen for, the room is quiet, good stethoscope and thin patient, 20 weeks if you are lucky. Otherwise, probably not before 26 weeks, if then. With a stethoscope the fetal heart sounds like a faint tap; you can almost feel the percussion from the heart more than you can hear it. It goes tap, tap, tap. ...Read more

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How far along in pregnancy do you have to be to hear the baby's heart beat?

How far along in pregnancy do you have to be to hear the baby's heart beat?

11-12 weeks: With the aid of an ultrasound machine, the heartbeat can be heard as soon as it is detected. With a hand held doppler it can be between 11-12 weeks, a little sooner for very thin women, a little later for obese women. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I feel like my heart is skipping beats in pregnancy?

Should I be concerned if I feel like my heart is skipping beats in pregnancy?

Common but....: Although it is common it still needs to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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How hard is it to diagnose? Hypoplastic left heart syndrome during? Pregnancy?

How hard is it to diagnose? Hypoplastic left heart syndrome during? Pregnancy?

Tricky.: Hlhs should be blatantly obvious in the third trimester, if one looks. However, most fetal anatomical surveys are performed at 18-21 weeks, and the full picture of this syndrome may not be esily appreciable at that early point in fetal development. So, in direct answer to your question, hlhs can be missed in over half the cases, unless a late third trimester cardiac evaluation is performed. ...Read more

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Would a woman with a heart transplanted be able to survive pregnancy and childbirth?

Would a woman with a heart transplanted be able to survive pregnancy and childbirth?

Hard to say: This would best be a question for the individuals treatment team. Each case is unique. The woman may need to be on medications that could cause fetal anomalies or otherwise interfere with fetal growth & development. Without having all related information in hand it is not realistic to generalize an answer. ...Read more

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In the beginning of my pregnancy my babys heart beat was 161bpm now that im 17 weeks it dropped to 138bpm is this normal?

In the beginning of my pregnancy my babys heart beat was 161bpm now that im 17 weeks it dropped to 138bpm is this normal?

Yes: The heart beat of a baby can range anywhere from 120-180 throughout a pregnancy. If you are truly concerned, please see your Obstetrician. ...Read more

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I am worried about my pregnancy. I am 8w heard a heart beat of 171 at 7w 6d. Really no symptoms. Could something be wrong?

I am worried about my pregnancy. I am 8w heard a heart beat of 171 at 7w 6d. Really no symptoms. Could something be wrong?

Unlikely: Pregnancy is a normal, natural condition and, in an otherwise healthy woman your age, they usually progress normally. If a heartbeat was heard and you are not having any symptoms of pelvic pain or bleeding, try not to worry so much. If you continue to be so worried, see your OB or midwife again, and consider some counseling or joining a support group. Just take good care of yourself! ...Read more

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What is the outcome of most pregnancies diagnosed with t-16 m through amniocentesis if iugr and heart defects are already present.?

What is the outcome of most pregnancies diagnosed with t-16 m through amniocentesis if iugr and heart defects are already present.?

Consult specialist: If you mean trisomy 18, unfortunately the outcome is not good. You must consult a specialist in "maternal fetal medicine" for a detailed answer. Regardless, if heart defects and iugr are already present, consulting with a specialist in maternal fetal medicine is a must. ...Read more

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9wks pregnant and having heart flutters about every 20 minutes, only lasts for a second and no other symptoms, is that normal during pregnancy?

9wks pregnant and having heart flutters about every 20 minutes, only lasts for a second and no other symptoms, is that normal during pregnancy?

Palpitations: There is an increased volume load in the circulation during pregnancy. It is possible for this to trigger extra beats in some normal women. The same volume load can do the same thing in women with abnormalities of the heart. You should tell your dr. About these flutters and your dr. Will investigate further if feels reason to in you. ...Read more

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My pressure while the 30 week in pregnancy is first check is 150/84 second 134/72 third 126/70and heart beat is between 126-114 is there a problem?

My pressure while the 30 week in pregnancy is first check is 150/84 second 134/72 third 126/70and heart beat is between 126-114 is there a problem?

What did your OB say: The 1st one is too high but the last 2 are normal obviously they will be following u to make sure u do not develop pih and they should have told u to do a low salt diet, ht beat over 120 is normal, 110-120 need to be watched, they can do a us with a bpp to check baby if they are worried, please make sure u have an open dialogue with your OB you should be able to ask your OB any? S anytime. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my pregnancy 5 years ago caused my illnesses to be worse? Never noticed symptoms until year after had baby. Lupus, sjögren's, heart

Is it likely that my pregnancy 5 years ago caused my illnesses to be worse? Never noticed symptoms until year after had baby. Lupus, sjögren's, heart

Very possible: Many auto immune diseases but especially lupus tend to flare and get worse in the postpartum period in some cases the disease first truly expresses itself after a prefnancy. ...Read more

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Pretty much had every test done 4 heart they say its healthy. Y do I continue 2 have palpitations even when im not anxious? Pregnancy making them worse?

Pretty much had every test done 4 heart they say its healthy. Y do I continue 2 have palpitations even when im not anxious? Pregnancy making them worse?

Palpitations: Palpitations are very common among healthy people. The fact that you have palpitations does not mean you have heart disease. Most importantly is to rule out what we call structural heart disease and define the palpitations with either a holter or event monitor depending on frequency. Yes being pregnant can sometimes flare the episodes. Avoid caffeine and stimulants. Please clear with your doctor. ...Read more

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Heart burn whilst 6 weeks pregnancy?

Heart burn whilst 6 weeks pregnancy?

Yes: Heart burn start as soon as HCG hormone increase as early as 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. Small frequent meals may help but keeping your caloric intake as recommended by your OB physician. Of course consult your OB physician. ...Read more

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I heard my babys heart at 5 weeks 6 days is this normal for most pregnancies?

Transvaginal US: The only reliable way to hear a heart beat as early as 5 weeks 6 days would be with a vaginal ultrasound. With that technology it often can be seen or heard. ...Read more

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What do heart palpitations during pregnancy mean?

What do heart palpitations during pregnancy mean?

Depends: Like so many things it depends on what you are experiencing. Many changes occur to the cardiovascular system during pregnancy so that you can support two lives. If you are having prolonged symptoms that you are worried about I would recommend that you talk to your OB and then speak with a cardiologist if they feel that it is needed. ...Read more

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Is increase in heart beat as an early pregnancy symptom?

Is increase in heart beat as an early pregnancy symptom?

Possibly: Symptoms to watch for early on include a missed period, headaches, tender breasts, nausea and lower backaches. If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What is the normal heart rate for a 4 month baby during pregnancy?

What is the normal heart rate for a 4 month baby during pregnancy?

145 + or - 20 points: Fetal heart rate is generally in the mid 140's, but may be 20 points or so higher or lower and is still considered normal. Factors that could affect rate would be maternal fever, illness, or activity. Irregular fetal rhythm would be more concerning. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with congestive heart failure and pregnancy?

What risks are associated with congestive heart failure and pregnancy?

Worsening: Of CHF and its complications such as kidney failure, fetus blood supply issues, sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack... http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/pregnancy/pr00124. ...Read more

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I was wondering are heart palpitations normal during the first week of pregnancy?

I was wondering are heart palpitations normal during the first week of pregnancy?

Very common: And usually very harmless. If the palpitations are causing you to be dizzy or short of breath, contact your doc to further evaluate. ...Read more

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What heart problems palpitations come secondary to pregnancy? When should we worry?

What heart problems palpitations come secondary to pregnancy? When should we worry?

Faster heart rate: Your baseline heart rate should gradually increase somewhat, throughout your pregnancy. However, you should seek assistance for fast heart rates that start or stop suddenly, or persistently stay faster than expected (e.g. > 100 BPM at rest). Also symptoms of chest pain, dizzy, breathlessness. Getting checked out is always safer. Speak with your doctor and possibly heart rhythm specialist. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to get my heart rate over 140 beats per minute during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to get my heart rate over 140 beats per minute during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: Heart may increase during pregnancy. I will recommend to see your pcp or a cardiologist to make sure that you have physiological tachycardia and not cardiac arrythmias, which is a possibility during pregnancy. ...Read more

Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more