Dr. Sorof explains if there is a problem when a woman experiences heart palpitations while pregnant. Dr. Sorof is an interventional cardiologist at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ladies, if you are pregnant and you are experiencing palpitations or extra heartbeats, most of the time these are benign. Sometimes they can come from the top chambers of the heart. Sometimes they come from the bottom chambers of the heart.
One of the reasons is that when you are pregnant you have a lot more blood flow and you have a lot of dilation of your vessels not associated with your heart, mostly going to the uterus to provide flow to the fetus.
Because of that, you can feel extra heartbeats and you can feel your heart racing. A lot of times this is not dangerous. It is dangerous though when you have things such as structural heart disease. If you’ve ever had valve problems, you’ve ever had a closure when you were a child, a congenital heart problem. These are things that you would need to follow with the cardiologist during your pregnancy, before and after delivery so we can monitor them.
Now certainly if somebody is passing out or fainting, that might be a sign that you are having repeated arrhythmias or funny heart rhythms and that needs to be addressed by a specialist as well.
About Dr. Sorof, M.D.:
Dr. Suzanne Sorof, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She also completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program. Dr. Sorof completed her cardiology fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Sorof has extensive training and experience in all aspects of clinical cardiology as well as cardiac and peripheral intervention.
Condition: Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease,
Related Terms: Blocked Arteries, Clogged Arteries, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Heart Attack, Birth Control Pill, Metabolic Syndrome, Stress Test, EKG, Heart Palpitations, EEG, Echocardiogram, Treadmill Test
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner Good Sam, Good Samaritan Medical Center,
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, AZ, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix Metropolitan, 85006
Expert: Dr. Suzanne Sorof, Suzanne Sorof, M.D., Doctor Sorof, Cardiologist Suzanne Sorof, M.D
Expertise: Cardiology, Heart Specialist, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, High Cholesterol Symptoms, High Cholesterol Prevention, High Cholesterol Treatments, Heart Disease Diagnosis, Interventional Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease