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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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, left arm pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath. What are these symptoms of?

Heart palpitations, left arm pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath. What are these symptoms of?

It can be signs and: Symptoms of coronary artery disease. If symptoms worse during activities and improve with rest the probability of heart problem increase. Do u have any risk factors? Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and chol, family history, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, kidney problems? Each of the above will increase probability too. Get doctor evaluation asap for a better history and physical. ...Read more

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Hi I have heart palpitations and left arm and hip pain?

It is unlikely that: The pains and palpitations are in any way related. If they persist you should seek a health care professional evaluation. ...Read more

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I get really bad headaches alongside left arm pain and heart palpitations. What do you recommend?

I get really bad headaches alongside left arm pain and heart palpitations. What do you recommend?

A full work up: Severe headaches should be evaluated with a full exam, + or - imaging like a ct or mri. Left arm and palp needs attention too. A holter or event recorder to assess the rythm and correlate it with symtoms. Full battery of labs. A review of the meds you take including any suplements and over the counter meds. Echocardiogram or stress test as indicated. ...Read more

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Good day. Saturday I went to the emergency room for heart palpitations. Heart rate was between 158 and 170 bpm. Numbness in hands and pain in chest and left arm. Dr put me on Bisoprolol. Still having chest and arm pain?

Good day. Saturday I went to the emergency room for heart palpitations. Heart rate was between 158 and 170 bpm. Numbness in hands and pain in chest and left arm. Dr put me on Bisoprolol. Still having chest and arm pain?

You need an: Additional evaluation to determine the nature of your fast heart beat and continued symptoms. Make an appointment for evaluation by a primary care health care worker. Potentially you will need referral to a specialist (cardiologist.) ...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?

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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F 22 just left ER for chest pains/heart palpitations/arm pain. Everything came back normal what could be the issue? Also getting dizzy/nauseous lately

F 22 just left ER for chest pains/heart palpitations/arm pain. Everything came back normal what could be the issue? Also getting dizzy/nauseous lately

Most likely anxiety: There can be medical reasons to have the symptoms described but most often, especially in view of a negative evaluation in the er, anxiety, panic attacks or chest wall pain are the most likely causes in young healthy people. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations, tightness in chest, odd sensation left arm. Two ER visits. EKG, blood test, chest Xray clean. Symptoms persist. What now? Please.

Anxiety/panic attack: In light of normal evaluation twice in ER, it's time for you to see your Family Doc and discuss possibility of anxiety and/or panic attack as cause of symptoms. Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-panic-disorder & http://www. Adaa. Org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder-agoraphobia for more info. Good luck! PS Avoid benzodiazepines if possible b/c highly addictive ...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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I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, and develop racing heart palpitations with left arm tingling/numbness. Anxiety or cardiac issue? 25y/o

I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, and develop racing heart palpitations with left arm tingling/numbness. Anxiety or cardiac issue? 25y/o

Palpitations: When your heartbeat feels unusual & rapid, we call that palpitations. If you have chest discomfort, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting that's worrisome. Start by seeing an internal medicine or cardiology doctor; depending on what else turns up, some tests are in order. ...Read more

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Blood pressure 160/100 - heart palpitations-numb feelings in left arm - ankles swollen - retaining water and thyroid appears swollen?

Blood pressure 160/100 - heart palpitations-numb feelings in left arm - ankles swollen - retaining water and thyroid appears swollen?

Needs evaluation!: You need to make your way to your Doctor's office or go to ER. This suggests semi-urgent/urgent evaluation. While the blood pressure of 160/100 is not extraordinarily high, concern is raised with the coexistence of your other symptoms. It may all be due to your thyroid (? thyroiditis), but heart issues must be excluded. You need a good history, exam, tests. Go Now. ..Stay well:) ...Read more

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When I'm really stressed/anxious for long periods I get jaw pain, palpitations, arm pain. But my heart is fine other than infrequent ectopics. Why??

When I'm really stressed/anxious for long periods I get jaw pain, palpitations, arm pain. But my heart is fine other than infrequent ectopics. Why??

Anxiety: Increased muscular tension (especially in upper back, neck & jaw) is common with stress/anxiety. More rapid heart beat, pounding heart beat & chest tightness can also occur with stress - especially panic attacks. ...Read more

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What will my heart MRI stress perfusion tell my cardiologist about my chest/jaw/arm pain and palpitations?

What will my heart MRI stress perfusion tell my cardiologist about my chest/jaw/arm pain and palpitations?

Hope so.: That is the hoped for result. If there is a perfusion defect on the MRI, that will be interpreted as a possible ischemic area of the heart with reduced blood flow usually from atherosclerosis placques and thrombi. A negative study may be reassuring or mean additional tests be need to be done. ...Read more

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For the past 5 days 3 - 4 times a day I get a dull throbbing pain on top of my lower left forearm, about 2 - 3 inches above my wrist. I have heart palpitations my entire life and have seen doctors about it. I am worried this has something to do with my he

Concern appropriate: Important factors that can help lead to an answer to this concern are your age, family history, other problems such as hypertension, diabetes, any prior cardiac or vascular disease. It is true that heart pain can be referred to other areas, such as left shoulder, left arm, jaw, even right arm. Does it occur with activity, or stress, what relieves the ache--al important. Is it a neck problem? ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart palpitations extending into both arms?

Dr visit: Interview with regard to consideration of evaluation for arrhythmia or angina/CAD.

tests that might be ordered include ECG, stress testing, monitoring, cath or electrophysiology study depending upon initial results from interview and exam. ...Read more

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I get heart palpitations from time to time and also get pins and needles in my arms and hands im only 22 what could this be?

I get heart palpitations from time to time and also get pins and needles in my arms and hands im only 22 what could this be?

Probably not serious: Although these symptoms may be due to real disease processes, the constellation of these associated symptoms in a 22 year old raise the spectre of hyperventilation syndrome, a benign situation with the rapid heart rate and tingling due to the physiologic and biochemical changes in the body induced by Adrenalin and elevation of the pH by overbreathing. To be safe, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes numbness/tingling in right hand and arm as well as heart palpitations and dizziness?

What causes numbness/tingling in right hand and arm as well as heart palpitations and dizziness?

PALPITATIONS W/U: Palpitations that symptomatic deserve a prompt W/U: exam/labs especially TFTS/EKG/Event Monitor/ECHO andThe discussion of treatment options with your doctor. While you are waiting eliminate caffeine focus on staying hydrated. If palpitations worsen or syncope develops go directly to the ER stick to a GF diet WholeApproach. Com gutbliss. Com ANXIETY AND HYPERVENTILATION CAN CAUSE NUMBNESS. ...Read more

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What to do if I have numbness/tingling in right hand and arm as well as heart palpitations and dizziness?

What to do if I have numbness/tingling in right hand and arm as well as heart palpitations and dizziness?

PALPITATIONS W/U: Palpitations that symptomatic deserve a prompt W/U: exam/labs especially TFTS/EKG/Event Monitor/ECHO andThe discussion of treatment options with your doctor. While you are waiting eliminate caffeine focus on staying hydrated. If palpitations worsen or syncope develops go directly to the ER stick to a GF diet WholeApproach. Com gutbliss. Com ANXIETY AND HYPERVENTILATION CAN CAUSE NUMBNESS. ...Read more

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41 female. Overweight. Recent incidents of heart palpitations, back pain, right arm & leg pain and weakness. Could this be heart related? Shortnessof breath

Alot going on: The palpitations are likely to be related to your heart. The back pain is atypical for heart disease. Leg pain is never related to heart disease. Weakness is a non-specific symptom caused my myriad issues. Shortness of breath should be further evaluated - it requires a detailed look as there are many causes. ...Read more

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Good day. Once a while I'm getting severe heart palpitations. It start at my stomach with sweating and feeling like needles and pins on my arms.

Good day. Once a while I'm getting severe heart palpitations. It start at my stomach with sweating and feeling like needles and pins on my arms.

See a doc ASAP: You need to see your primary care, internal
Med or cardiologist ASAP. You need to have EKG and further work up for any cardiac problem. Pls do not ignore your symptoms. It could be anxiety too but at your age group the risk
Of heart problem is much higher. Pls take a small Baby aspirin meanwhile but go to a doctor today.
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Heart palpitations, numb/tingly arms/legs, dizzy/faint, no loc. Felt as is peed self (warm) then ok a few minutes later. Serious? 31/f, no <3 prob, ns

May be heart rhythm: Causes for above episodes could include a heart rhythm problem, metabolic/endocrine problem, or possibly anxiety/panic related.

An event monitor or holter monitor would be helpful to assess if was a rhythm problem.
Your doctor can assess if lab testing or heart echocardiogram (to look at heart structure as a potential cause of rhythm problem) is needed. ...Read more

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What could cause someone to have flare ups where they get clusters of red dots on their arms, heart palpitations, everything burns including the face and ears and they have nerve and muscle pain?

What could cause someone to have flare ups where they get clusters of red dots on their arms, heart palpitations, everything burns including the face and ears and they have nerve and muscle pain?

Nondiagnostic: These multiple symptoms are nondiagnostic but may be due to release of hormones by tumors such as carcinoid, pheochromocytoma or conditions like hyperthyroidism or even anxiety. Your physician would take a detailed history, perform a thorough physical examination and order appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. If needed, a referral to a specialist will be made. ...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

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

Dr. James Lin
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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