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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE RAPID HEARTBEAT (TACHYARRHYTHMIA) DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is tachyarrhythmia?

The term tachyarrhythmia, also called tachycardia, refers to a rapid heartbeat, meaning that the heart rate that is higher than the normal rate of the heart during rest (as opposed to during exercise). For an adult, this means a heart rate that is more than 100 beats per minute (bpm). This can be part of a normal process during pregnancy, as the heart rate in pregnant women normally increases by about 25 percent. Since many women have a resting heart rate of around 80 bpm, the normal increase in heart rate over the course of pregnancy can taken you into the range of 100 bpm when you are resting, such that technically you have a tachyarrhythmia, while you feel perfectly normal. As the resting heart rate increases, however, it is common to feel palpitations, a sensation that your heart is beating more strongly than usual, or a sensation that your heart is beating with some kind of irregularity.


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