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A 35-year-old male asked:

Resting heart rate of between 53-60 bpm which rapidly increases to 130+ bpm with little physical exertion. some mild left sided chest discomfort with physical exertion and heart rate of 160 + bpm?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Heart rate : There are many variables in the body that affect heart rate. More information is needed to address your concern.See a doctor in person
Dr. Ramalingaier Parameswaran
Specializes in Cardiology
Reconditioning?: An increase in the heart rate of this degree with mild exertion could be the hallmark of deconditioning but best to confirm this in the MD’s office. If there is no chest pain of discomfort at the time, it further suggests that there no serious coronary disease. However, recommend cardiology exam, a full ECG and further testing if warranted. Additionally, medications, anxiety may also cause this.
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 62 years experience
Atrial Tachycardia: Rapid irregular heart beating suggests atrial fibrillation (AF). This carries a risk of blood clots. If sudden onset and regualr beating it suggests PAT (paroxysmal atrial tachycardia) - more benign. This plus the stress can respond to beta-blockers, like atenalol. Some gadgets like Kardia Mobile can give a read-out. For medication however, you need to see an M.D.
Dr. Ramalingaier Parameswaran
Specializes in Cardiology
While I do not disagree with Dr. Alexander’s comments, it is confusing for a patient to deal with “PAT”, “AFIB”, “blood clots” etc . These discussions are best to the physician after diagnosis is made
Feb 11, 2021

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