Pregnancy can involve many complications, including increased stress on the heart. Dr Robin B. Stedman et al report an unusual case of a woman who presented with tachycardia during active labor, about 30 minutes after she received epidural analgesia.
As Dr Stedman et al explain in their article “Onset of Lone Atrial Fibrillation During Labor Under Epidural Analgesia” in the Winter Issue of The Ochsner Journal, the patient had received a test dose and subsequent full dose of epidural analgesia and begun active delivery before she experienced tachycardia. After a successful delivery, the parturient was further examined and determined to have lone atrial fibrillation, a very rare development during pregnancy.
The full article, including a review of other known cases of pregnant women experiencing lone atrial fibrillation, is available through The Ochsner Journal.