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AVM/pregnancy/heart problems


#1

Ok so I am 30w pregnant with my 4th child. I wasn’t diagnosed with my AVM (in my left calf) until Dec. 2016. Anyway I’ve been having heart palpitations, sometimes many of them in a row. They occasionally make me cough and I am short of breath but I can’t tell how much of that is pregnancy related or if it is abnormal.

Yesterday I was sitting in bed and started to have a lot of palpitations in a row, then it felt like my heart squeezed really hard for a moment and my chest got tight. I tried to take a deep breath and passed out. I couldn’t have been out for too long because my phone (which I was playing on) was still lit up in my lap. I went to the ER and the doctor who checked my out heard the palpitations and they checked for blood clots (I have a history and im on a blood thinner) which was clear. My blood work came back fine, no was a little high but I was very nervous. EKG was normal (but it only lasted about 5 seconds) chest CT was clean and I had an echo yesterday (will probably take awhile to get back to me)
Has ANYONE delt with heart problems related to your AVM/pregnancy? I have always had palpitations during pregnancy but I didn’t have the shortness of breath or syncope. My AVM has grown with each pregnancy but it isn’t overly large. I’m just trying not to stress about this.


#2

Julie,

Sounds quite scary and I’m glad you went to the ER. Hoping others might help, and I’m just nudging you up the list a bit :slight_smile:

Richard