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Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Palpitations: You are having palpitations, which can be caused by many things, including thyroid issues, anxiety, arrhythmias, caffeine, hypoglycemia, among many other things. You need to be evaluated both with blood tests and possibly with a 24 hour monitor called a holter monitor to see what the heart is doing during these episodes from an electrical standpoint. ...Read more

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A 51 year old ex figure skater, who's in good shape had Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Are odds of SCA very low for someone with no known heart abnormalities?

A 51 year old ex figure skater, who's in good shape had Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  Are odds of SCA very low for someone with no known heart abnormalities?

Yes, but never zero.: Known for over 8 decades that 1/2 of US population has atherosclerosis by later childhood, despite typically no symptoms for decades. Symptoms are from plaque ruptures & clots, most without evident symptoms, yet can close major arteries within minutes: thus SCA with no warning signs in advance, including normal cholesterol & angiogram without evident problems days prior. ...Read more

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Is heart abnormalities or heart disease caught in blood pressure test? Went to doc & bp is normal but have left side chest pain.what it is?

Is heart abnormalities or heart disease caught in blood pressure test? Went to doc & bp is normal but have left side chest pain.what it is?

Chest pain...: You don't need to have an abnormal blood pressure in order to demonstrate you are having heart problems. Many people who suffer heart attacks(for example) appear with normal blood pressure. However it is certainly true that those that suffer of high blood pressure have a higher risk for heart issues. If you are in doubt and having chest pain go and see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

Some: A bicuspid aortic valve or a prolapsing mitral valve are present from birth. Many other heart valve abnormalities are acquired, either through scarring from infection, calcium deposition, or mal-apposition due to dilatation of cardiac chambers, among other things. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons for fainting with no heart or blood sugar abnormalities?

What are possible reasons for fainting with no heart or blood sugar abnormalities?

SYNCOPE: Fainting can be caused by vasovegal reflex which is an activation of the vagus nerve that innervates the heart, when it is activated it decreases the heart rate and decreases blood supply to the brain and leads to the fainting. Vasovegal reflex can occur in any scary or frightening accident, a warm weather and being dehydrated or exhausted may contribute to fainting. ...Read more

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What are some possibilities of a heart located more to the right, but all chambers, blood flow and no other abnormalities are detected? 18wk

What are some possibilities of a heart located more to the right, but all chambers, blood flow and no other abnormalities are detected? 18wk

Dextrocardia....: when the heart is oriented to the right instead of the normal orientation to the left, it is called Dextrocardia. Nothing needs to be done, but if you need an ECG done for chest pain for example, you need to tell them so they can put the leads on the right side of your chest instead of the left. ...Read more

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Can some develop structural abnormalities in heart later in life or is it something genetic or something someone if born with?

Can some develop structural abnormalities in heart later in life or is it something genetic or something someone if born with?

All of the above: You can develop structural abnormalities later in life: called acquired heart disease. This can be degenerative, or due to infection, or deficient circulation, or tumor, or injury - to name a few. Or you can be born with structural abnormalities (congenital disease) which may or may not be due to genetic abnormalities (inherited or familial). ...Read more

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Possible conditions of healthly heart well developed all chambers and no other abnormalities but it's located in right side? 18wk ultrasound results

Possible conditions of healthly heart well developed all chambers and no other abnormalities but it's located in right side? 18wk ultrasound results

Ans: Yes it is possible for the heart to have developed in the right side. This is an early ultra sound and u would suggest a repeat and see what those results are ...Read more

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What is the use of ANA test to diagnose abnormalities of the heart?

What is the use of ANA test to diagnose abnormalities of the heart?

Autoimmune disorder: ANA is a marker for potential autoimmune disorders is not specific for any condition. This is ordered as a screening test for a potential autoimmune problem with the heart - an uncommon problem in general. ...Read more