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A 34-year-old member asked:

rapid heartbeat when climbing stairs, i am so afraid at 39 years!?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: This could be anxiety, poor physical conditioning, or something more serious. The only way to be sure is to see your doctor so your heart (and the rest of you) can be evaluated.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

After eating large meals, I have rapid heartbeat. Is this normal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumar answered
Anesthesiology 8 years experience
Yes: After a large meal, the body needs to shunt additional blood to the stomach and intestines to facilitate digestion; often times, this translates to an increased heart rate to increase the overall cardiac output of blood to meet the aforementioned demand.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I woke up in the morning and i'm feeling a rapid heartbeat. Is this normal?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Not always: There could be a ton of causes. Talk to your doctor. You might be best served to ask for an event monitor or a constant heart monitor for a few days to see if you are having true cardiac palpitations or arrhythmias.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What causes a rapid heartbeat even when i'm feeling relaxed?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Several things: Being not relaxed is just one of many things that affects heart rate and rhythm. You could have an overactive thyroid for instance. Fever can make you heart beat faster or being dehydrated. Some times the heart rhythm can just become abnormal such as when a person gets atrial fibrillation.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

Why is it that I get a rapid heartbeat when I drink?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
It's an irritant: Alcohol is a toxic irritant to the heart.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can smoking cause an unsafe, rapid heartbeat?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: You bet it can.

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