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Harty1985 posted:

I am 27 years old. Reasonably healthy female. And 37 weeks pregnant with baby no2.

A few years ago I had these sensations of flip flopping in my chest but they never really caused a problem. With this pregnancy, they have been so bad. Sometime I have several panic attacks over them because they take my breathe away. Extra beats and skipped beats I feel them all

I saw a cardiologist as he thought I had left atrial tachycardia but I don't as the ECG didn't reveal that only that I had 12 pvcs in 48 hours. He wasn't even bothered and basically thought I was being a drama queen and said let's not get neurotic about them if there so troublesome take some biscosulphate (sonething like that) beta blocker. I declined as I don't want to take anything

I really don't believe these could be benign they feel hurrendous and since the ECG holter they have increased I'm worried about how my heart will be in labour, will I die if a heart attack, will it go out of whack, will it be able to cope

This is not good and I could potentially die in 3 weeks that's how I'm looking at it

Please help
cardiostarusa1 responded:

......"as the ECG didn't reveal that only that I had 12 pvcs in 48 hours. He wasn't even bothered......"

"I really don't believe these could be benign......"

Most often, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), are harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

"And 37 weeks pregnant with baby no2."

Important to know, pregnancy (first, second, or more) itself can place a tremendous strain on the heart and circulatory system, which may/can cause, or aggravate/worsen/exacerbate various symptoms/problems, even in healthy individuals.

By the time the baby is due, blood volume has increased by up to 50%, meaning the heart must beat faster and pump harder to move all that blood. Post-pregnancy, symptoms/problems may/can continue or entirely new ones may/can develop/arise, sometimes slowly, gradually or suddenly.

Hope the baby is born happy and healthy.

Take care,


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Heart/pulse rate/blood pressure changes

The volume of blood circulating in the human body increases during pregnancy. This is especially significant from 6 weeks until the middle of the pregnancy. After this, the increase is much more gradual.

If you are carrying more than one baby, or if it is not your first pregnancy, the increase in your blood volume will be even greater. In the third trimester (last 3 months) of your pregnancy, your heart/pulse (H/P) rate will increase by up to 10 to 20 beats per minute (BPM). Again, if you are carrying more than one child or if you have been pregnant before, your pulse is likely to be even faster.

There is an increased demand on the mother for oxygen during labor, and the blood pressure (BP) and HP rate will rise. The BP and HR usually return to the levels they were at before labor approximately 1 hour after giving birth.




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