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I am 37 weeks pregnant and have an irregular heartbeat. What are my options? 

I am 39 years old and currently pregnant (37 wks).  Recently I was placed on flecainide and toprol for irregular heartbeat. My doctor feels I may need catheterization after delivery. What are my options? I want to make sure I am taking the best decision. Thanks. 

submitted by Dorcas from Houston, Texas on 3/8/2012


Ali Massumi, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Ali Massumi, MD    

Since you are near term, it is important to conclude the pregnancy safely. Afterwards if the rhythm problem continues, catheter treatment is usually first line therapy in a wide variety of tachycardias and arrhythmias, and is preferred to drugs.    

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Updated March 2012
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