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Shortness of breath and rapid heart beat. only 63. female on estrogen. what is happening?

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Dr. Walter Pierce
Cardiology 36 years experience
Many things: Dehydration causes low blood pressure. The heart beats faster to compensate. Normal exertion should increase heart rate. Thyroid disease may cause it. And there are many abnormalities of the hearts electrical system that may cause a rapid heart rate. Atral fibrillation is common in your age group.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
SOB/ rapid HR: Various reasons. You may have to get checked. Especially for pulmonary embolism, or copd, pneumonia etc.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What could cause sudden rapid heart beat and shortness of breath?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Several causes: Cardiac causes, atrial fibrillation, flutter, svt, v. Tach, myocardial infarction, pericarditis etc. Noncardiac causes- pneumonia, pleurisy, copd, etc.

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