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Can Heart Palpitations Cause A Heart Attack
No: Heart murmurs are caused mostly by diseases of the valves of the heart, but can also be caused by congenital heart disease with septal defects, or abnormal connections between the aorta and pulmonary artery. They can also be totally benign conditions due to vigorous blood flow through the heart, usually in kids and athletes. Those murmurs are known as pulmonary flow murmurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more
Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually none: In otherwise young healthy individuals (no heart disease) the increased heart rate that can occur during an asthma attack or be related to treating an asthma attack (albuterol inhaler), will resolve on its own and not lead to heart problems. If the heartbeat, is irregular (skipping beats), associated with palpitations or greater than 180 beats per minutes, a heart doctor should be involved. ...Read more
Yes: Panic attacks cause increased heart rate, shortness of breath, excitement, a sense of fear and panic. They are usually eliminated by SSRIs, and the symptoms can be reduced by using beta blockers. You want to rule out cardiac arrhythmia as a cause of the rapid heart rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many non-heart: Conditions can cause it. Like coffee and energy drinks, dehydration, alcohol, smoking, cold medicine, street drugs like marihuana, lack of physical conditioning/ obesity, hyperthyroidism, anxiety attacks to mention few. Heart conditions like angina, hypertension, conduction delays etc. Or just can be normal for a person. I get pvc's after exercise. Normal echo and stress test. See your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: ? If heart palpitations can cause fainting. The medical condition Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) has associated rapid heart beat & fainting symptoms. This is an autonomic nervous system mediated disorder; sometimes associated with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (see Brighton criteria) &/or chronic pain. People with POTS often have lightheadeedness upon standing up too fast. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Indirectly: Since this process often leads to a change in a persons metabolism, and the balance of ions in their blood, it can set someone up for death due to a heart rhythm disturbance. In fact, it is one of the most worrisome features of the collection of anorexia,bulimia, and similar disorders. ...Read more
Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Atrial fibrillation, one of the most rhythm disturbances, can be caused by alcohol, and when people get it after binging it has been called "holiday heart." it usually occurs after larger doses of alcohol, and would indicate drinking at unsafe levels. Safe levels are less than 7 drinks per week in women, and no more than 3 drinks on any drinking occasion. If you drink more than this, talk to md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usual but it can: The fast heart beat which is generated by the lower heart chambers(ventricular tachycardia) can reduce the blood volume generated by the heart and if the subject has low preserve (some narrowing of the coronary arteries or decreased heart function) can cause ischemia t the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Lots of drugs (too many to list) can have cardiac side effects. However, to ask what drugs can cause a heart attack is a strange question. Just in case you are feeling suicidal, i won't provide the answer to that part of your question. If suicidal, i recommend seeing or talking to a therapist or counselor or going to the hospital right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: Tia stands for transient ischemic attack which is usually manifest by a temporary neurologic impairment, such as loss of vision or weakness. An arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, can lead to clot formation. If a small clot dislodges, it can cause a TIA or a permanent injury known as a stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could obesity itself cause constant tachycardia(fast heart rate, even resting), heart flutters, and palpitations?
Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...Read more
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
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