Fetal Heart Rate Accelerations (Accels)
A 10-15 BPM acceleration from baseline, usually seen on tracings created by a fetal heart rate monitor, is not usually a cause for concern. In fact, it may be evidence of beat-to-beat or long-term variability and can be reassuring as to fetal well-being. However, if the heart rate rises to and remains between 150 and 170 beats per minute (or above), there may be trouble. A heart rate in this range for an extended period of time is known as fetal tachycardia. There are several potential causes of fetal tachycardia, including:
- Maternal Anxiety:
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