The problem with diagnosing pulmonary embolism in pregnancy is that dyspnea and tachycardia are very common during normal pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. It’s true that the risk of VTE is higher during pregnancy by 5 to 10 times (with the highest risk in the postpartum period).
SVT is a narrow complex tachycardia commonly seen in the emergency department. In hemodynamically stable patients the first-line treatment is vagal stimulation, usually the Valsalva maneuver. However, success rates for this approach are low, with data citing success rates of around 5-25%
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