A 45-year-old member asked:
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heart rate feels weird, random. is that an emergency?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Probably not: You're describing palpitations which occur when your heart's rhythm is disturbed by one or many beats out of order. If you're passing out, short of breath, dizzy, or having chest pain at the same time, it's an emergency. But everyone gets palpitations sometimes, including doctors, and if you're otherwise healthy, it's no big deal. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and get plenty of rest.
Answered on Mar 30, 2012

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