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A 18-year-old female asked:

I am experiencing irregular heartbeats.. sometimes it's so weak and slow but sometimes it beats so hard that it makes me cough. what should i do?

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Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 41 years experience
See your doctor: Irregular heartbeats are very common and while usually not related to any serious problem , should be evaluated by a cardiologist. Test may include an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram , a 24 hour cardiac monitor and even a stress test. Often the cause is related to a stimulant including the caffeine in chocolate, coffee , tea and cola beverages or an over the counter supplement.
Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Be evaluated: It is difficult to know the type of irregular heart beats you are experiencing by the symptoms alone. A complete evaluation is indicated. Ideally a recording of your heart rhythm at the time you are having symptoms is the best way to identify the type. This can be accomplished with a recordiing device you take home. Knowing the type of irregular heart beat will guide the appropriate treatment.

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Last updated Jun 27, 2013

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