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    Possible heart attack during pregnancy?
    An_248962 posted:
    I am 22 weeks pregnant and have high blood pressure for which I am being treated and taking Methyldopa, 500mg twice a day. Tonight as I was getting ready for bed, my heart suddenly started pounding twice as fast as normal. I tried to relax and focus on steady breathing, but then felt a little dizzy so I sat on the edge of the bed. My forehead then broke into a cold sweat and I felt a "clog" deep in my throat (these two symptoms lasted only a few seconds). I then decided to lay flat, with my feet propped up. All symptoms except the pounding heart beat went away. At one point I counted up to 160 beats per minute. Finally, after 25 minutes of my heart pounding out of my chest, I had to sneeze. The sneeze seemed to shock my heart back to normal. I'm going to call my doctor this morning, but wondering if anyone here has any experience or advice. It's difficult to know what are normal symptoms of pregnancy and what are signs of a heart attack. Should I have called 911 rather than waiting it out? Also, wondering if an elevated maternal heart rate for any length of time is harmful to the baby?
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hello Anon -

    Wow, how frightening! I hope have been able to talk with your doctor to find out what caused this.

    Please check back in to let us know how you are doing and what you found out.

    Perhaps one of our experts will pop in to provide a little more info for you.

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