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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. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

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


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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. .. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

Very unlikely at: Your young age unless there were other major comirbidities. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What causes heart palpitations?

What causes heart palpitations?

Many things: Stimulants such as caffiene, energy drinks, decongestants such as psuedophedrine. Thyroid disease, anxiety, hormone imbalance are just a few causes. ...Read more

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What causes heart palpitations?

Heart rhythm: Irregularities of the heart rhythm cause palpitations. Everyone has them sometimes. If you're bothered by them, seek further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause heart palpitations?

What can cause heart palpitations?

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 more

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What could cause heart palpitations?

What could cause heart palpitations?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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What might cause heart palpitations?

What might cause heart palpitations?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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Can onions cause heart palpitations?

Can onions cause heart palpitations?

No: Haven't heard of onion palpitations. Green onions and yellow onions aren't spicy enough to create the excitement that might lead to sensations of palpitations. Eating cooked onions should be fine, just like eating other cooked vegetables. Theoretically, getting hit in the heart by a big yellow onion flying at high speed can cause a problem, similar getting hit by a baseball, so don't throw onions. ...Read more

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Can ginseng cause heart palpitations?

Yes: There are many causes of palpitations, so in an individual case it could be something else, but ginseng is a stimulant and has been reported to be responsible for palpitations. It would be advised to try stopping it and see what happens. ...Read more

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Can heart palpitations cause fainting?

Can heart palpitations cause fainting?

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 more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

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


Dr. Janice Alexander
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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