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How do you think severe hypoxia may cause bad heart rhythms in baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Pre & post natal

The fetal or newborn heart requires significant amounts of oxygen to function &diminished levels quickly show up as a slowed heart beat (part of what's monitored in labor).
If it is kept at low levels over long period the hearts electrical system may develop a rhythm problem. The most common is prolonged bradycardia from which the fetus/infant may not recover.

In brief: Pre & post natal

The fetal or newborn heart requires significant amounts of oxygen to function &diminished levels quickly show up as a slowed heart beat (part of what's monitored in labor).
If it is kept at low levels over long period the hearts electrical system may develop a rhythm problem. The most common is prolonged bradycardia from which the fetus/infant may not recover.
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