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Doctor insights on: Heart Irregularities And Insomnia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which a person cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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What can cause a fast heart rate, high blood pressure especially diastolic, nervousness and headaches? On bp, depression and anxiety meds.

What can cause a fast heart rate, high blood pressure especially diastolic, nervousness and headaches?  On bp, depression and anxiety meds.

Antidepressants: Antidepressants, to varying degrees, can have sympathomimetic properties, particularly the snri's (effexor, cymbalta, (duloxetine) pristiq) and maoi's. The risks and benefits should be weighed. ...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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What other medicines are there for panic attacks n anxiety i'm using citalopram but causing palpitations and irregular heart beat..Thanx !

What other medicines are there for panic attacks n anxiety i'm using citalopram but causing palpitations and irregular heart beat..Thanx !

There are many: Palpitations are a more common sign of anxiety than they are a side effect of the medicines used to treat anxiety. A heart monitor could be useful to help diagnose the source of your palpitations. Thatch go a long way in making you feel better. Knowing what is happening can be empowering. ...Read more

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Heart palpatations, occasional chest pain, mild panic attacks, irritable, overeating and lack of concentration/motivation. Why?

Heart palpatations, occasional chest pain, mild panic attacks, irritable, overeating and lack of concentration/motivation. Why?

Stress: Life is full of stress. You have symptoms that are all attributable to stress. Relaxation techniques, transcendental mediation, yoga, self-hypnosis, spiritual counseling, psychotherapy - all can help. Sometimes meds are useful. As a starter, look at this site: http://www.dawnbuse.com/relaxation.htm Good luck, Lucy. ...Read more

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Can congenital heart disease and impending heart attacks cause excessive sweating, esp. On the forehead?

Can congenital heart disease and impending heart attacks cause excessive sweating, esp. On the forehead?

Adrenaline: Anytime the heart is not functioning normally, the body can react by having excessive responses from the nervous and endocrine systems. As a result, faster heart rates, changes in blood pressure and sweating can occur, common to the classic fight-or-flight response. Excessive sweating for no apparent reason can be a red flag to warn about a heart attack even before any chest pain. ...Read more

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Are tiredness, depression and breathlessness signs of a heart problem?

Are tiredness, depression and breathlessness signs of a heart problem?

Possibly: Clinical depression is a risk factor for both anxiety and heart disease. And heart disease can cause depression. Therefore it is important to get a full medical work-up with your primary care doctor to clarify the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Not immediately: Also, mot in the near future, but it does take a toll on your entire body including cardiovascular health. It's a good reason to find a good CBT therapist and learn how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. So, don't add another cause for anxiety - instead start to correct the problem. Life will be better overall. ...Read more

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How does anorexia cause heart attacks and your heart to beat out of rhythm?

How does anorexia cause heart attacks and your heart to beat out of rhythm?

Anorexia : Leads to potentially significant metabolic disorders resulting sometimes in life threatening arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Can palpitations resulting from stress and emotional anxiety result in sudden cardiac arrest? How do relaxants such as xanax (alprazolam) and lexaurin help?

Palpitations and stress: Xanax, (alprazolam) enhances release of GABA's in the brain, which has inhibitory activity on the brain's output of excitatory neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine, serotonin, acetyl choline and dopamine. Anxiety generates release of catecholamines on the conduction system of the heart, and on the myocytes. Which precipitates premature contractions, in presence of coronary disease may result in death ...Read more

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Can pmdd cause more anxiety and faster heart rate?

Can pmdd cause more anxiety and faster heart rate?

PMDD: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder can cause increased symptoms of anger, irritability and anxiety. So that is possible. ...Read more

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Can mental disorders and heart palpitations have anything in common?

Can mental disorders and heart palpitations have anything in common?

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. Psychologic causes also exist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause your heart rate to stay increased for hours/days? Heart x-ray, EKG, blood work normal. Sinus Tachycardia from anxiety?

Can anxiety cause your heart rate to stay increased for hours/days? Heart x-ray, EKG, blood work normal. Sinus Tachycardia from anxiety?

EKG cannot be normal: Short answer, yes anxiety CAN cause elevated heart rate, duration varies with degree of anxiety (episode vs. chronic). An EKG should not be "normal" however, as sinus tachycardia would show up and make an EKG abnormal. This may require the attention of a local internist or cardiologist to further clarify, identify and treat or counsel. ...Read more

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Albuterol can cause chest tightness, irregular heart beat, high BP, and anxiety. I have Irritable Heart Syndrome. Is this safe to take for allergies?

Albuterol can cause chest tightness, irregular heart beat, high BP, and anxiety. I have Irritable Heart Syndrome. Is this safe to take for allergies?

Medicine indication: The albuterol can cause those symptoms, but not always. It's possible it could mimic the symptoms of irritable heart syndrome but should not cause damage to the heart. Albuterol is not commonly used as an allergy drug unless you get allergy-induced asthma/bronchospasm. If your allergic symptoms are more nose and eyes, albuterol will not be helpful relief. Try an antihistamine or nasal steroid Rx. ...Read more