A 45-year-old member asked:
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my sister says she has rapid heart rate. are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
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.
Answered on Jul 30, 2012
Dr. Samir Dabbous
44 years experience Cardiology
Not really: Rapid heart beating is so common and most of the time is stress induced . The ones that are inherited are quite rare.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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Low Risk: Maintain a healthy lifestyle and you should remain at low risk. Periodic evaluations by your doctor are also helpful.
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Please do: and see an MD asap, either your physician, urgent care or ER
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Yes: See your primary care doctor or a cardiologist as soon as possible.

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