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What are the causes of heart palpitations and can they lead to a heart attack?

What are the causes of heart palpitations and can they lead to a heart attack?

Many: Heart palpitations can be caused by structural heart disease, ischemia (occluded coronary vessels), electrolyte imbalances, drugs - pharmacologic and recreational, and many other things. Depending on what exactly the palpitations are and how severe, some can definitely lead to a heart attack.

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will die from a heart attack?

Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will die from a heart attack?

Not necessarily...: ...But you should have your palpitations evaluated by a cardiologist, as it may be some form of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) which can cause other problems, such as intracardiac blood clots embolizing to other parts of your body or else lower your blood pressure, both of which can cause life-threatening or debilitating problems to other parts of your body. ..

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Why are heart palpitations so annoying and scary? Can it itself lead to heart attack ever?

Why are heart palpitations so annoying and scary? Can it itself lead to heart attack ever?

Abnormal: And are associated with serious conditions including ischemia, and angina, and heart attack. Many times, a few irregularities are rare, benign, and no risk. If very fast, persistent then there is risk and the body, brain responds with fight or flight response.

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Will I have a heart attack from heart palpitations due to hyperthyroidism? And will I gain weight when I start taking the medicine to treat it?

Will I have a heart attack from heart palpitations due to hyperthyroidism? And will I gain weight when I start taking the medicine to treat it?

No: You won't have a heart attack from hyperthyroidism as fast heart rate is not what causes a heart attack, it's blocked arteries from high blood pressur, cholesterol, and inflammation. Possible to gain weight once you are medicine not of you eat well and exercise.

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Having some heart palpitations with drowsiness, low BP and general feeling of constant tiredness. Heart attack or stroke?

Having some heart palpitations with drowsiness, low BP and general feeling of constant tiredness. Heart attack or stroke?

Not yet: Would get to your primary doc and have this fully assessed, especially the fatigue and drowsiness, as possible sleep disorder may be the root cause. Yet, other problems such as thyroid disease or anemias may well be a problem also.

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Having inner left arm pain intermittently after exertion. Some heart palpitations and tightness across chest. Is this a heart attack?

Having inner left arm pain intermittently after exertion. Some heart palpitations and tightness across chest. Is this a heart attack?

Tricky: Bayesian analysis is the likelihood of something is the product of how strong the evidence TIMES how likely the thing is to begin with. Great speech*0% noncorrupt politician is still zero likelihood. In theory, exercise induced pain in chest radiating down the arm is classic for heart. Rare heart attacks in young people without cocaine or meth use, but more than honest pols. Get Checked Out.

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I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

Palpitations: Although these can be signs, it is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. The same signs occur with panic attacks. Based on your history, you have had similar episodes before, so you probably had a cardiac work-up in the past. Were previous tests normal when you felt like this? Call a doctor who knows you well for a safe and accurate assessment and a plan for recurrences.

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How likely is 75mg of venlafaxine instance release to cause cardiac problems like heart attack. I've been on it for 4 days and getting palpitations.

Side effects: Palpitation is likely to be a side effect from Effexor, (venlafaxine) and not a hearth attack, especially on a young person. By your diagnosis you are probably more sensitive and your autonomic nervous system will tend to over react. Check you pulse to see if it is irregular, skip beats, chest pains, weakness, and if such you may need the ER. Talk w your Doctor asap. A lower starting dose or time may help.

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When you have a heart attack, is it normal to feel palpitations and pressure?

When you have a heart attack, is it normal to feel palpitations and pressure?

Yes: Pressure and palpitations are common symptoms of a heart attack. There are many others too such as sweating, arm or jaw aching, feeling of doom, nausea, and anxiety.

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I'm 18 severe anxiety for many years - rapid heart beat, palpitations etc. No family history, healthy weight. What my chances of heart attack/ disease?

Very very low.: At 18, in the absence of other diagnosed heart conditions or significant family history... your chances are currently very, very low. Though anxiety is a crippling condition and can cause feelings of physical problems, you are at a very low risk of any heart issues. Don't let that compound your anxiety, but I would endorse you to get seen by a mental health professional for the anxiety.

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Heart attacks run in my family gran grandad massive heart attack early age also mum heart problems been havin stomach palpitations with no exercise?

Heart attacks run in my family gran grandad massive heart attack early age also mum heart problems been havin stomach palpitations with no exercise?

Heart family history: Family history of heart disease is often clinically important, and an indicator that preventive evaluation and treatment may be especially valuable. Palpitations are not usually a symptom of coronary disease (which runs in families) but may be a symptom of other heart conditions, some of which also can run in families. For a personal review of your case consider a consult here on HealthTap.

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Possible heart attack? I'm 26 Been having palpitations, dizziness that goes away when sitting or lying down and left arm numbness/burning for few days

Possible heart attack? I'm 26 Been having palpitations, dizziness that goes away when sitting or lying down and left arm numbness/burning for few days

See a doctor: Palpitations and dizziness that disappear with sitting or lying down are not suggestive of an acute heart attack, but these symptoms need evaluation. The numbness and burning of the left arm may or may not be related. There are many possibilities for these symptoms, including panic disorder, episodic irregular heart beats, anemia. Please see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests.

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Severe anxiety. Echocardiogram, ekg, stress, all normal. What's the worst than can come from my palpitations? 18 in good shape. Can I have a heart attack?

Severe anxiety. Echocardiogram, ekg, stress, all normal. What's the worst than can come from my palpitations? 18 in good shape. Can I have a heart attack?

Palpitation Sx: 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 found with abnormal hearts.

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Palpitation (Definition)

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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Pounding Heart (Pulse) (Definition)

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