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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. James Krick
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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

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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