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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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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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What are the risks of heart conditions like tachycardia during a pregnancy?

What are the risks of heart conditions like tachycardia during a pregnancy?

Depends: Tachycardia has many causes, which dramatically change whether or not there is any worrisome effect on pregnancy. If you are tachycardic and short of breath in pregnancy, you should seek medical advise today. ...Read more

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How common is constant tachycardia in pregnancy? I am 32 weeks pregnant and have been tachycardic constantly for the last two weeks. My resting heart rate has not been lower than 100. The highest I have caught by pulse at has been around 160 during a pe

How common is constant tachycardia in pregnancy? I am 32 weeks pregnant and have been tachycardic constantly for the last two weeks.  My resting heart rate has not been lower than 100.  The highest I have caught by pulse at has been around 160 during a pe

The : The pulse typically does go up during pregnancy, the the blood pressure usually goes down. I am glad that you had an extensive evaluation including an echocardiogram. However obtaining a second opinion is always a good idea and may put your mind at rest as well. Be sure you are staying well hydrated. Be sure that your thyroid testing was normal. Eating 4-5 small high protein meals a day is advisable during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Jerking sensation. With/without anxiety. Had whole life. Heart races. Not panick attack. Ekg came back normal. 39 week pregnant currently ?

Jerking sensation. With/without anxiety. Had whole life. Heart races. Not panick attack. Ekg came back normal. 39 week pregnant currently ?

?SVT: Could represent "cardiac awareness, " a benign condition, or else could be some type of arrhythmia. Most common of these at your age would be symptomatic pvcs (a benign condition very common in which extra heart beats occur) or possibly svt (supraventricular tachycardia). This latter condition is a circus re-entrant rhythm disorder which is annoying but rarely dangerous. I'd get checked out after p. ...Read more

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I am 35 weeks pregnant. No prior heart problems ever! But each time a contraction comes on my heart RACES. Is this normal? I am not ready for H yet :/

I am 35 weeks pregnant. No prior heart problems ever! But each time a contraction comes on my heart RACES. Is this normal? I am not ready for H yet :/

See a Provider: When you have a contraction, hormones are relieased in the body to speed up the heart, but I am not sure what you are feeling. It is easy enough to check out with auscultation with a stethescope or a monitor to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and recently started on prenatal vitamins. Is it normal that my heart races after taking them?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and recently started on prenatal vitamins.  Is it normal that my heart races after taking them?

Anxiety: As per FDA Report, there is less than 1% incidence of tachycardia (heart racing) with prenatal vitamins. Thank you for informing about anxiety and panic attacks. It is likely that (heart racing) is due to stress. Stresses of relationships, separation, unresolved emotional conflicts, and pregnancy at age 32 are contributing to Anxiety. See Psychiatrist to develop coping skills for Anxiety ...Read more

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My heart rate jumps from 60-100 BPM for no reason. My EKG, blood pressure, and heart scans were normal. What's causing my heart to race?

My heart rate jumps from 60-100 BPM for no reason. My EKG, blood pressure, and heart scans were normal. What's causing my heart to race?

No reason?: You say "for no reason" but, no doubt, there is a reason. It just hasn't been discovered yet. Heart rate picks up in response to increased metabolic demand - stress, anxiety, fever, caffeine, nicotine, pain. There may be internal factors you're not aware of: indigestion, gall bladder, infection; A search for all the causes can be exhaustive. Meanwhile, a heart rate of 100 is not harmful. ...Read more

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Can a sugar spike cause your heart to race suddenly? I've had just about every heart test. All normal. When I eat sugar at bedtime heart rate rises.

Can a sugar spike cause your heart to race suddenly? I've had just about every heart test. All normal. When I eat sugar at bedtime heart rate rises.

Eating sugar?: It is unclear if the two are related. Are you a diabetic? Did you war a heart monitor? Please consult me and let me know how I can help. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your heart to race in a hot shower? Mine gets into 150's.

Is it normal for your heart to race in a hot shower? Mine gets into 150's.

Increased heart rate: Hello and awesome to HealthTap, your heart rate can go up under increase sympathetic response but 150 seems too high, please be seen by your physician since you would at least need an EKG and thyroid function test. Thank you ...Read more

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Is it normal for your heart to race after taking Prednisone? My heart has been racing.

Is it normal for your heart to race after taking Prednisone? My heart has been racing.

Yes, not uncommon: Prednisone use can lead to a stimulatory effect, including palpitations (rapid heart rate). It can also cause nausea, heartburn, anxiety, and other symptoms. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen, see your clinician asap. ...Read more

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Can sinus tachycardia cause heart to race even though the heart rate is normal? what should I do for something like this? I am on no meds for this.

Can sinus tachycardia cause heart to race even though the heart rate is normal? what should I do for something like this? I am on no meds for this.

Yes: Sinus tachycardia is defined as a heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute. Depending on the degree of tachycardia and the individual patient, one may feel their heart racing. Sinus tachycardia is normal and expected with exertion, sickness, or excitement. Sinus tachycardia is not normal when resting comfortably without any associated condition. If resting HR is elevated, likely needs eval. ...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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3, 5 months pregnant. Just had an anxiety attack. My heart is still racing. Is this normal? How can I avoid it or at least treat it when happens? Thnks

3, 5 months pregnant. Just had an anxiety attack. My heart is still racing. Is this normal? How can I avoid it or at least treat it when happens? Thnks

Seek help: There are many reasons for anxiety attacks, such as medical conditions, fears about your pregnancy, social stresses, and insomnia, just to name a few. It's best to speak with your ob, who can suggest treatments that are safe during pregnancy. If the anxiety attacks continue, it would be good to seek a consultation from a psychiatrist. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Heart palpations while pregnant normal?

Heart palpations while pregnant normal?

No.: Palpitations are never normal and always merit evaluation by a physician on an urgent basis - especially during pregnancy. They could be the only symptom of cardiac pathology that could prove significant. ...Read more

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