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Posted by Jackie
on April 16, 2000 at 13:09:42:
In Reply to: pains....and racing heart! posted by Peri on April 13, 2000 at 14:33:20:
: Hi...I'm 23 years old..and this is my first pregnancy..I've been getting really sharp pains on the left side of my back and at times...especially when I'm just sitting or lying down just about to sleep my heart starts beating really fast and hard. It feels really strange, I usually get a feeling like when you take those pills that have a drowsy effect when my heartbeat starts to race. Is this a normal thing? Also, last week I felt like fainting...while just standing and talking to a friend. Any suggestions or ideas? :) thanks By the way...I'm four months pregnant
About three weeks ago I was admitted into the hospital for my heart. I was sitting on my couch eating dinner when my heart just started racing and pounding It felt like I had just jogged three miles. I took some deep breaths to try to make it stop but it didn't. My doctor told me to go to the hospital. After they checked me out I was told that my heart was in Atrial Fibrillation or A-Fib for short. It is when the Atrium has an irregular beat and pumps more blood into the heart then the Ventricle(lower part of your heart) can pump out. Therefor it works harder causing a more rapid and harder beat. My heart rate was up to 164 beats per minute and after 14 hours they converted my heart back into a normal rhythm. I was 28 weeks pregnant at the time. My OB said that this is not something common especially in someone my age (I'm 20)and he hadn't personally seen this in a pregnant person before. I am currently taking a blood thinner called Lovenox which is used to prevent strokes. You see when you heart goes into A-Fib since there is more blood being pumped in than out the blood can pool up and clot in your heart. If your heart pumps a clot out it goes into your brain where a stroke could occur. The risk for stroke increases with your age and the length of time the heart was in a A-Fib rhythm. I don't know if this is your problem but when I saw it posted it rang a bell. I have been trying to find someone who is or has experienced this and you're the closest I've found. I would definately tell your OB and he may want you to see a cardiologist. The A-Fib itself is not harmful to the fetus as he/she is getting enough blood and oxygen but it can wear the mom out. With mine I did not have any pain as you described but the dizziness and shortness of breath can go hand in hand with A-Fib. Good Luck.
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