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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: Skiiped Heart Beats & Pregnant

 HCGuerin - Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:26 pm

I have noticed within the past 2 weeks I have these "skipped beats" feeling. When it happens I can feel it (feels like going over a hill like on a roller coaster). Today I have noticed them more often. I was not doing anything extrenous when these were occuring. I naturally run a higher heart rate, resting usually in the 80's and when exercise I can go as high as 160-170. I am 18 weeks pregnant so i don't drink any caffeine. I also just recently probably a month or so ago started back on zyrtec due to headaches from allergies. I am trying to find out if I need to go see a cardiologist to have a halter test done. I seem to be feeling them happen everday now and more often especially tonight. For example over a 15 minute care ride home they seemed to happen 1 or 2 beats every 2 or 3 minutes. Any help would be appreciated.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun May 03, 2009 10:01 pm

User avatar Hi there --

First, you can expect, while pregnant, these will be more frequent, although they are normal in the general population, just not many are aware of them til they become frequent. In pregnancy it can be aggravated either by hormonal changes or, later, by pressure on the diaphragm as the heart doesn't like to be "touched" and will often kick back in annoyance. It almost never means anything, except that when new or frequent these can feel alarming. If they persist and you find them very annoying or productive of anxiety you could reasonably ask for a holter monitor,which might at least help put your mind at ease, since very frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extremely common in normal, healthy hearts.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck to you and please do follow up with us here as needed.

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