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A 45-year-old member asked:

My sister says she has rapid heart rate. are family members more likely to get the same thing?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Rapid heart rate: There are many causes of rapid heart rate such as medications, stress, anxiety that carry no risk to other members of the family. There are certain metabolic conditions (overactive thyroid) and rare hereditary tachycardias, but the family risk of these is usually 1% or less.
Dr. Samir Dabbous
Cardiology 46 years experience
Not really: Rapid heart beating is so common and most of the time is stress induced . The ones that are inherited are quite rare.
Last updated Feb 2, 2015

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