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What could cause rapid heart beat and flushing after drinking alcohol?

What could cause rapid heart beat and flushing after drinking alcohol?

Genetic variant: Some people have a genetic variant of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol. The aldh2 gene regulates the production of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 that transforms acetaldehyde into acetic acid. The aldh2*2 variant is common in individuals of east asian descent (45-50%), but is extremely rare in most non-asian populations. When drinking alcohol, these people flush, have tachycardia, etc, . ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

Hypertension: You should not have high BP regularly. You should be able to control it well with medications. If it accompanied with rapid heart rate, your BP meds may have to be tweaked to include a beta blocker. Have it checked with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

You can, but…: The Asian flush, as you term it , is caused by an enzyme which makes you metabolize alcohol into acetaldehyde. Since this is a genetic issue, Pepcid and Claritin (loratadine) will not help, although you can take them with alcohol in reasonable doses. Also, there is an increased risk of esophageal cancer with alcohol intake in patients with the Asian flush, so you should avoid regular drinking. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does Lipozene cause a rapid heart beat?

Does Lipozene cause a rapid heart beat?

No: In general, lipozene should not affect your heart rate. It is a fiber product, and is not absorbed into the bloodstream. However, be sure that the product is not a "lipozene-like diet drug", because then you cannot be certain what it is. Best to check with your doctor if you have an increased heart rate. ...Read more

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What would cause my 5yr old son a rapid heart beat 100 plus beats?

What would cause my 5yr old son a rapid heart beat 100 plus beats?

May be normal: For a five year old normal heart beat 90 to 110. However if you have any kind of rhythm problems, let him be seen by a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why do I have odd sensation in my neck and rapid heart beat?

Why do I have odd sensation in my neck and rapid heart beat?

Information insuffic: Insufficient information. Better to get checked unable explain and correlate neck symptoms with rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Should i C a cardiologist if I'm waking up with a rapid heart beat ? I'm noticing when i wake up my heart beats faster N when i wake up it slows down

Should i C  a cardiologist if I'm waking up with a rapid heart beat ? I'm noticing when i wake up my heart beats faster N when i wake up it slows down

See someone: See a cardiologist or a primary care physician. They can place a 24 hour holter monitor, a device that records your heart beat mechanism for 24 hours. In this manner you can ascertain whether or not you are having an arrhythmia (or in other words abnormal heart rhythm).. Its all guesswork until you do this. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Rapid Heart Rate (Pulse) (Definition)

Rapid heart beat is a symptom in which a person's heart is beating fast. A fast heart rate can be normal if a person is excited or exercising. Sometimes a rapid rate is called sinus tachycardia, atrial flutter, or atrial fibrillation, etc..., depending on the type of arrhythmia (heart rhythm or rate problem). ...Read more