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    Default Heart Condition and IVF

    I was just diagnosed with a potentially dangerous heart condition yesterday which I have been suffering with for on and off probably 10 years. My cardiologist was surprised I had managed it so well for this amount of time. I was basically diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia because of palpitations I feel on a daily basis.

    However, this has all come at a really bad time as I am supposed to be starting my first round of IVF this week.

    I was just wondering if there were any ladies out there with heart conditions that have completed IVF or are in the middle of their IVF treatment and how they have handled all the drugs and the whole process? Did it make your heart problems worse, were there any complications?

    I just need any advice possible, as I keep getting bad news and reasons to not go through with IVF thrown at me left right and centre.

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    I don't have any experience with this but didn't want to read and run.
    What do your doctors say? I can't imagine the fertility treatments would affect your heart as long as you manage stress (but I'm not a doctor)...

    I found using meditations really helpful for managing stress during IVF. Google Circle + Bloom IVF - they have a great program for meditation and relaxation to use during an IVF cycle.

    Yoga was also really helpful for me.
    Good luck hopefully someone on here has some more specific advice for you.

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    I have suffered from irregular heartbeats for several years where my heart constantly feels like it skips beats or thumps in my chest. After a battery of tests my cardiologist concluded they were benign ectopic beats which don't require medication.

    Ive had 5 IVF attempts over the last 2 years and the fertility drugs didn't cause my ectopic beats to get any worse during the treatment. I have had 3 egg pick ups and each time the anaesthetist did an ECG before i got knocked out to make sure things looked ok. This always reassured me before getting the anaesthetic.

    Wishing you best of luck for your upcoming cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    I don't have any experience with this but didn't want to read and run.
    What do your doctors say? I can't imagine the fertility treatments would affect your heart as long as you manage stress (but I'm not a doctor)...

    I found using meditations really helpful for managing stress during IVF. Google Circle + Bloom IVF - they have a great program for meditation and relaxation to use during an IVF cycle.

    Yoga was also really helpful for me.
    Good luck hopefully someone on here has some more specific advice for you.
    Thanks @ScubaGal. I'm in a bit of limbo because I only just got diagnosed yesterday and I now have to start my injections tomorrow technically because I got my periods this evening. The cardiologist said that most likely it wouldn't preclude me from IVF or pregnancy but my symptoms might be exacerbated. He wanted to talk to my FS so I passed on contact numbers but I won't speak to either of them till Monday so I'm not sure if I am supposed to do the injections tomorrow. Urgh so complicated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyla77 View Post
    I have suffered from irregular heartbeats for several years where my heart constantly feels like it skips beats or thumps in my chest. After a battery of tests my cardiologist concluded they were benign ectopic beats which don't require medication.

    Ive had 5 IVF attempts over the last 2 years and the fertility drugs didn't cause my ectopic beats to get any worse during the treatment. I have had 3 egg pick ups and each time the anaesthetist did an ECG before i got knocked out to make sure things looked ok. This always reassured me before getting the anaesthetic.

    Wishing you best of luck for your upcoming cycle.
    @Lyla77 I was told for 10 years that these extra beats, skip a beats were normal by various GPs until I had complications under anaesthetic this year when I had my hysteroscopy and the anesthetist insisted I go see a cardiologist and they finally managed to catch it on a 24 hour halter monitor and it wasn't as harmless as they originally thought.

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    Im sorry to hear that they may be harmful @Evelynmoo. I wish my ectopics would just go away they are so annoying and still scare me when i get a bad run of them, even though mine have been classed as benign. If it were me i would be inclined to hold off on jabbing until after your FS & cardiologist have spoken on Monday but this would set you back another month before you could start cycling.

    IVF is stressful enough without this added complication so i feel for you. I hope things work out for you whatever you decide.

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    If it were me I'd probably do the first jab and then speak to the doctors on Monday. Worst case scenario you've done one injection for nothing but best case scenario you're on your way to a baby. If it's your first IVF cycle your injection dosages are probably fairly low as most specialists are conservative on the first cycle.


 

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