Susan Salazar, CNM, MN, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing, Jacksonville Campus. She received her MN in Women's Health Nursing from the University of Florida in 1996 and her Certificate in Nurse Midwifery in 2000.
A Surprising Case of Sustained Antenatal Fetal Bradycardia
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 297–299, July-August 2006
How to Cite
Salazar, S. S. (2006), A Surprising Case of Sustained Antenatal Fetal Bradycardia. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 297–299. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.10.013
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- persistent fetal bradycardia;
- congenital heart block;
- connective tissue disorders
Persistent fetal bradycardia noted in the antenatal period can occur secondary to maternal conditions, fetal cardiac structural defects, or from congenital heart block. Fetal bradycardia can be mistaken for maternal pulse and should be confirmed with ultrasound whenever possible. Prompt evaluation of the fetus with bradycardia can lead to early interventions designed to prevent cardiac damage and/or hydrops.