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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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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


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Some health advisors (e.G., dr. Oz) recommend l-carnosine supplements at doses up to 1000 mg/day. At such doses, any risk to heart rhythm or a-fib?

Some health advisors (e.G., dr. Oz)  recommend l-carnosine supplements at doses up to 1000 mg/day.  At such doses, any risk to heart rhythm or a-fib?

Not likely.: Not likely to give you problems, but not likely to do you much benefit. Claims for these substances are based on small and inadequately controlled studies. Note the very vague and exaggerated claims in the advertising. Save your money for the things that make you feel better and live longer. ...Read more

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Was in ER last night for chest pain and trouble breathing. Heart monitor showed a fib but all doc said was its costrocodritis. Should i be worried?

Was in ER last night for chest pain and trouble breathing. Heart monitor showed a fib but all doc said was its costrocodritis. Should i be worried?

Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation may carry risks of too fast of a heart rate, symptoms of the irregular heart rate, and carries an increased risk of stroke. You may indeed have costochondritis, but the atrial fibrillation does need futher evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat always atrial fib?

Is an irregular heart beat always atrial fib?

No: The term irregular isn't really a specific medical term. It's used to help us describe certain rhythms. There are benign irregular rhythms like "sinus arrhythmia." the term atrial fibrillation tells us a lot more than a rhythm being described as irregular. ...Read more

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My husband has a fib. He was told that to only seek medical help for heart rates over 90. Is this always the case? 

My husband has a fib. He was told that to only seek medical help for heart rates over 90. Is this always the case? 

Rate control: It sounds like he has atrial fibrillation. This is when the atria (the top chambers) of the heart are beating uncontrollably. This becomes a problem when these beats get transmitted down to the ventricles. Medication generally is aimed at slowing down the heart to prevent this. This is what the doc is talking about with him, most likely. ...Read more

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Could an episode of a fib have a strong heart beat.?

Subjective: It commonly feels that way even though the actual amount of blood pumped is a little less than normal. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could an episode of a fib have a strong heart beat.?

Please tell me, could an episode of a fib have a strong heart beat.?

Yes: Many, but not all, people with new onset AF have exquisite awareness due to the strong heartbeat. ...Read more

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When you have a-fib, what is a good or safe heart rate when you exercise?

When you have a-fib, what is a good or safe heart rate when you exercise?

Talk to your MD: Before you start, discuss it with your doctor. Normally, the good rule is the following: hr = (220 - age) x 0.8 for exercise heart rate. Best luck! ...Read more

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