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9 weeks pregnant, twitching vibrations in heart, present in upper left chest. Causes?

Hi, I am 9 weeks pregnant and I a couple weeks ago there were 2 days I was having what felt like twitching or vibrating in my heart . I can actually feel it with my hand . It is happening again for the past few days more noticeable at night. It s my upper left chest about 2 1/2 inches below my collarbone. What could this be.
Asked On : Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
Hello there..

Heart is felt beating when palpated with hand.

But if you feel vibration over your chest it suggests you have a thrill. Thrill are heart murmurs of more than grade 3 intensity.

Murmurs are pathologic heart sounds that are produced as a result of turbulent blood flow that is, very sufficient to produce audible noise. Murmurs are the result of various problems, such as narrowing or leaking of valves, or the presence of abnormal passages through which blood flows in or near the heart. Such murmurs, known as pathologic murmurs, should be evaluated by a cardiologist.

Some other symptoms of heart disease can be breathlesness on exertion or rest, palpitations, easy fatigue, excess swelling of feet etc.

So i suggest you visit a cardiologist for a proper evaluation as many cardiac problems get revealed only in pregnancy due to the cardiovascular changes of pregnancy.

It can be that at bedtime you are anxious and you feel that you are having these thrills. Also anemia in pregnancy can lead to palpitations. Besides pregnancy itself results in a hyperdynamic circulation with functional murmurs.But its better to rule out more serious causes like heart disease before labelling anxiety or anemia as a cause.

Answered: Sun, 7 Oct 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Sree Gouri SR's  Response
May 2013
Thanks for the query.

During pregnancy some amount of hemodynamic changes will occur.
Mitral regurgitation is one of them. It may be responsible for your symptoms.
Palpitations, missed beats, hyper dynamic circulation etc can also common in pregnancy.
If you are not having any discomfort other than these no need to worry.
But is you have symptoms like breathlessness etc better to get evaluated once.
Take care.
Answered: Sat, 6 Oct 2012
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