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What are the risks of taking medications for AFib while pregnant?

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Which AFib medications are right for you during pregnancy depends on your particular case and how severe your AFib is.

Many medications carry risks during pregnancy, including a higher rate of birth defects, miscarriages, or premature labor. But bouts of atrial fibrillation can also be dangerous, potentially slowing the flow of blood going to your baby. You and your doctor will weigh the risks and benefits of different treatments for your individual case. You may switch medications or stop taking those for AFib completely during your pregnancy.

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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