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How do pregnancy and AFib affect your heart?

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Many healthy women notice heart palpitations, flutters in their chest, or skipped heartbeats while pregnant. If you already had AFib, all these changes can make you more likely to have heart rhythm problems come back or get worse. And for some women, who never had AFib before, pregnancy can be when it first starts. Doctors often diagnose new cases of AFib during the third trimester of pregnancy.

If you have AFib while you're expecting, you’ll probably have extra appointments with your doctor to make sure your pregnancy goes well and to check on how your heart is doing.

From: AFib and Pregnancy: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

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