Dictionary of Gynaecology

Tachycardia

Abnormally fast heartbeat. Usually occurs when pulse exceeds 100 beats per minute. It may also be called tachyarrhythmia. Foetal tachycardia occurs when the foetus’ pulse exceeds 160 beats per minute. It tends to be caused by a maternal infection, foetal hypoxia or the consumption of certain substances by the mother.

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