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A Surprising Case of Sustained Antenatal Fetal Bradycardia


  • Susan S. Salazar CNM, MN

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    • 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.

Susan S. Salazar, 653–1 West 8th Street, Third Floor LRC, Jacksonville, FL 32209. E-mail:


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.