A member asked:

I was exercising and when i finished i drank ice cold and my heart started racing really fast!?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

May be ok: A fast heart rate during heavy exercise is ok. Overexertion can lead to problems if the heart can't beat well enough to keep up with a body's needs, so a person should see the doctor if there is chest pain, wheezing, unusual shortness of breath, sustained fast heart rate after exercise, fast heart rate when not exercising, blackouts or grayouts, etc... Ice cold drinks shouldn't change heart rate.

Answered 12/20/2012


Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

May be AF: Although likely normal, rapid drinking of ice cold drinks can rarely cause atrial fibrillation, a rapid irregular heart rhythm. I have treated one young person who had this after a slush drink.

Answered 9/15/2013



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