A member asked:

Woke up with tachycardia (200 bpm) this morning and shortness of breath. 32, healthy, concern?

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

Specializes in Pediatrics

Maybe SVT (abnormal): Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) usually has over 150 beats per minute and may go up to 300 in extreme cases. A patient may feel he has a pounding heart (while resting, not exercising). He may also be short of breath, breathing fast, feeling dizzy, and sometimes faint. If he has these symptoms for the first time, he should not drive himself to the hospital, but should call 911 for an ambulance.

Answered 12/11/2014


Dr. Shaym Puppala answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes: Anyone with a heart rate this high should be seen by a physician asap; generally at this rate the heart is not effective at pumping blood. Symptoms can include lightheadedness/fainting (not enough blood to brain), shortness of breath (backup into lungs), and chest pain (not enough to coronary arteries). One possible diagnosis in a young healthy person is paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.

Answered 6/23/2020



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