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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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Heart palpitations? What creates heart palpitations?

Heart palpitations? What creates 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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Does ist (inappropriate sinus tachycardia) cause heart attack symptoms?

Does ist (inappropriate sinus tachycardia) cause heart attack symptoms?

Unlikely: Sinus tachycardia is normal with exercize, activities, excitement, and common with fever and illnesses. In the face of coronary disease, a fast heart beat can increase demand and precipitate events. ...Read more

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Why do I have heart palpitations?

Why do I have 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 more

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Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Generic symptoms: Palpitations is a very non specific or generic symptom which means anything in theory cause it. Whether the palpitations are something pathologic like an abnormal heart rhythm requires more careful evaluation by your doctors. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause heart palpitations?

Can dehydration cause heart palpitations?

YES: Dehydration causes decreased blood volume of circulating blood. For the heart to keep pumping the same amount of blood (cardiac output), the heart has to speed up therefore causing increased heart rate (tachycardia). When dehydration is extreme, heart rate can be very fast (>>100 bpm) causing 'palpitations' . I.V fluids may be needed to quickly restore blood volume or vascular collapse will occur. ...Read more

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Could overeating cause heart palpitations?

Could overeating cause heart palpitations?

Yes: Overeating does increase physical stress on the heart. It is not normal to have symptoms, which would include palpitations, when the heart is experiencing increased physical stress. Further evaluation including possibly a stress test is indicated in this setting. ...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

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Can asthma attack cause fast heart beat?

Can asthma attack cause fast heart beat?

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

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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?

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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Can gastritis cause shortness of breath and unnecessary heart beats?

Can gastritis cause shortness of breath and unnecessary heart beats?

No: Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. It should not cause difficulty breathing or extra heartbeats. Upper abdominal or chest discomfort associated with these symptoms may be a sign of heart disease. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does acid relux cause heart palpitations and skipped heart beats? Thanks

Why does acid relux cause heart palpitations and skipped heart beats? Thanks

Heart as an organ: The heart is a sensitive organ and as such likes a certain mileu. Acid reflux (heart burn) is not a comfortable condition with acid in an otherwise alkaline mileu (esophagus), hence can cause GI pain and/or masquerade as chest pain. This perturbs the heart and has been associated with atrial fibrillation and/or simple extra beats. This is the explanation that is believed presently. ...Read more

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Can caffeine cause heart palpitations?

Can caffeine cause heart palpitations?

Definitely: Caffeine is a relatively potent stimulant, and as true with all stimulants, it can cause palpitations and a rise in one's heart rate. Should one experience multiple palpitations and/or an elevated heart rate for a prolonged period of time, be sure to see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes heart palpitations and sudden cough?

What causes heart palpitations and sudden cough?

Arrhythmia : Sometimes skipped heart beats knows as premature ventricular or atrial contractions (pvc, pac) cause these symptoms, these are benign. There other causes of palpitations like a supraventricular tachycardia, or ventricular tachycardia, these are more serious and should be investigated. I recommend that you discuss this with your doctor and get a holter monitor to find put what is causing them. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more