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Can A Person Die From Heart Palpitations
Heart flutters: Heart palpitations could be caused by a physical or mental condition. You should get checked out by your local physician. If there is nothing wrong with your heart, you may be having panic attacks, for which there is effective treatment available. But first, don't take any chances with your heart. See a dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more
Very unlikely: This is rather unlikely, but can potentially happen, dependent on what the palpitations represent. If the palpitations are the result of a malignant cardiac rhythm, then they can lead to death if left untreated. Also, if they lead to fainting spells, they may lead to accidental deaths (fainting while driving or being in a dangerous situation). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: There are very dangerous heart rhythms that might cause symptoms like palpitations when they occur. So the heart palpitation is the symptom however the cause of the heart palpitation, very rarely, might be fatal. In most cases, heart palpitations are quite benign. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does heart palpitations indicate something is wrong with heart. Can it ever lead to heart failure or death if they continue more or less frequently?
Have examination: The feeling of palpitation sometimes don't always correlate with the heart rate although most times they do. It can be from medications, coffee, cigarette or emotional. If it is from the heart it has to be diagnosed to make sure it is not a rhythm problem which can be genetic. A simple ekg or a holter may show the problem or a stress test. Go get it evaluated, please. ...Read more
Am 19. I've read stories of ventricular tachycardia and sudden death and am worried every time I have heart palpitations. Reassurance would be great?
Relax: We all have occasional extra heart beats. If you have a structurally normal heart (no weakening of the muscle) and no other familial risk factors (Long QT, ARVD, Cardiomyopathy, etc.) then you really don't have anything to worry about. Ask your doctor to get an EKG and or a 24 hour monitor. A physical exam should be sufficient but if you need more reassurance an ECHO would be beneficial. ...Read more
What causes heart palpitations in a healthy person and can they be an early indication of a potential illness?
Palpitations: Palpitations can be caused by strong emotions such as getting excited, angry or nervous, by vigorous exercises, or by caffeine, alcohol or medications such as sudafed. There are different types like skipped beats, various rapid beats and/or irregular beats. Medical conditions can cause palpitations, including hyperthyroidism, anemia, hypoglycemia, and cardiac problems. See your doctor for eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My body constantly shakes along with heart palpitations, feeling fearful & anxious whenever in public & even when I'm around just 1 person, my body shakes. I can be calm & I still shake at intervals?
If heart palpitations are safe for a healthy person, are they also considered safe for somebody born with a congenital heart defect?
Can a lot of alcohol consumption lead to frequent heart palpitations or unusual rhythms even in the most healthy person or unhealthy?
Alcohol: As your body is trying to clear the alcohol, you often lose both potassium and magnesium, both of which if out of balance can cause heart palpitations. Alcohol is also a neuro toxin, liver toxin, and makes you prone to a lot of health problems. If you or someone you know is having these symptoms after alcohol, i would recommend a blood test and being evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
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