Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

  • Paul Lyons
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


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    The common use of continuous fetal heart rate monitoring requires that providers be aware of the interpretation of variations in fetal heart tracings.

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    Normal fetal heart rate is 120–160 beats per minute (bpm) with evidence of short-and long-term variability.

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    Fetal heart rate acceleration must be distinguished from fetal tachycardia and is generally considered a favorable finding.

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    Abnormalities of fetal heart tracings may be related to either rate or deceleration.



Fetal Heart Variable Deceleration Fetal Heart Rate Fetal Bradycardia Late Deceleration 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lyons
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  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

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