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What is a non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing?

What is a non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing?

Babies tell us a lot: Monitoring a fetus by fetal hr, ultrasound or the expectant woman's perception of activity is important. No one test can tell us everything we need to know, but together they can tell us which babies might be better off delivered. If a baby is near term and the testing is worrisome then obstetric specialists or subspecialists might deliver. But conditions can change. Plus every case is different. ...Read more

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What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound of the fetal heart, usually only done when there is an increased risk of a heart defect in the fetus. It is a detailed look at lots of different parts of a baby's heart anatomy and function. ...Read more

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What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

Evaluation 4 defects: Detailed evaluation of the fetal heart. Experienced centers can detect >90% of all fetal cardiac anonalies with fetal echocardiogram. It is a targeted examination that lasts ~1 hour; it is an expensive test. A comprehensive sonogram by a maternal-fetal medicine doctor should be your first step before being referred to the pediatric cardiologists to perform the fetal echo. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat with a slow heart dangerous?

Is an irregular heart beat with a slow heart dangerous?

SEE YOUR DOCTOR: Arrythmias are heart rhythm disturbances which can be dangerous but controlled with medication and or interventional procedures. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat in fetus always fibrillation?

Is an irregular heart beat in fetus always fibrillation?

Fast/slow/none: Assessing the fetal heart is a bit problematic. Since they are isolated inside the bag of waters, we are limited to detecting rate as fast/ slow/ normal or none. Various factors can lead to various rate changes. The fetal heart is usually beating much fast ; 130-160/min are routine. Stress can speed or slow the rate. When checking newborns, I have never had one with fibrillation in 3 decades. ...Read more

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Friend 32male is overweight with skipping pulse beat, loud heart beat and skipped heart beat. What's wrong?

Friend 32male is overweight with skipping pulse beat, loud heart beat and skipped heart beat. What's wrong?

Irregular heartbeat: An irregular pulse is usually due to irregular heartbeat which in turn is often due to benign variation in electrical activity of the heart. This is particularly true if not accompanied by other cardiac symptoms, progressive nature or exertional symptoms. However, an ekg is appropriate and required if any other symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Low fetal heart rate decelerations, i'm worried!?

Low fetal heart rate decelerations, i'm worried!?

In labor?: How are you finding them? Checking at home or on a monitor in the hospital? Either way, go to your closest hospital and get checked to be sure that your baby is doing ok. Good luck! ...Read more

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After hearing fetal heart beat and heart beat is above 130 at 7wks what does miscarriage chance drop to?

After hearing fetal heart beat and heart beat is above 130 at 7wks what does miscarriage chance drop to?

Unlikely to miscarry: Approximately 15% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. Once a heart beat is documented, that risk drops to about 1 in 20. It can still happen, but it is not likely. So you can relax a bit. ...Read more

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Fetal heart rate has dropped below 70, is this considered fetal distress?

Fetal heart rate has dropped below 70, is this considered fetal distress?

Fetal heart: This is very abnormal, in fetal distress there might be a temporary drop but if it is persistent, baby might be having a heart block, best is to ask your doc ...Read more

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What causes heart murmurs, palpitations and a faster than normal heart beat?

What causes heart murmurs, palpitations and a faster than normal heart beat?

Stimulants: Stimulants increase the heart rate and make the heart more irritable and prone to irregular rhythms that would be perceived as palpitations. In addition to increasing the heart rate, some increase the strenght of the hear beat resulting in more blood being pumped that may cause a murmur, even in the absence of a heart defect. These stimulant may be ingested substances or internally produced. ...Read more

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What causes heart skipping/ palpation's and a heart whooshing/swishing sound?

What causes heart skipping/ palpation's and a heart whooshing/swishing sound?

Palpitations: Palpitations are not uncommon and have many causes. As far as whooshing sound...Unclear. Echocardiogram and holster & consult with cardiologist will likely clarify everything. ...Read more

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Is the resting heart rate of 111 beats/second a sign of heart problems/abormalities?

Is the resting heart rate of 111 beats/second a sign of heart problems/abormalities?

Tachycardia: It could indicate stress, something with caffeine, illicit drugs, pharmaceutical agents, recent activity. ...Read more

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Skipped heart beat is it like thumpping?

Skipped heart beat is it like thumpping?

Heart rhythm is: Supposed to be regular, an early beat may cause a pause, but these can be started from atrial sources (flutter, fibrillation or pac's) or ventricle, pvc's. These usually are uncomfortable, but thumping is not how i would describe...But it might be, . ...Read more

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What is the normal fetal heart rate at 11 weeks?

What is the normal fetal heart rate at 11 weeks?

Varies: The normal fetal heart rate at 11 weeks gestation could be anywhere from 110 to 170 beats per minute. ...Read more

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What's a "occasional aberrant conduction" heart beat?

What's a "occasional aberrant conduction" heart beat?

This is usually: either an atrial aberrant complex or PAC (paroxysmal atrial complex) or PVC (ventricular). These occur due to an abnormal electrical pathway created within the conduction system in your myocardium. They are usually harmless, but enough of them "stringed" together for a significant amount of time (like 20 or 30 seconds) can cause a more serious arrhythmia. Be in close contact with your heart MD. ...Read more

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