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A 26-year-old female asked:

im a 26 year old female. my heart rate is irregular variating from 70-100 constantly (within the normal) however my bpm has spiked to 148 three times this week while taking a bath and resting. i dont exercise. am i likely to have a heart attack?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Cardiologist: If your pulse rates and accompanying irregularities are accurate, you may be having cardiac arrhythmias like frequent premature beats as well as paroxsysmal tachycardia. This warrants an investigation by a cardiologist who will examine you for heart murmurs, order a 12 lead EKG,echocardiogram, outpatient Holter monitor and treadmill stress test. Omit caffeine,alcohol & nicotine in the meantime.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Consider assessment: If your heart rate varies for 70 to 148 without any physical activity -as previously mentioned, getting a medical assessment wouldn't be a bad idea.

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