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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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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How long do heart palpitations usually last?

Completely variable!: Depends on the cause and mechanism of the irregular heart beat. May last seconds to days or more. Plus depends on one's sensitivity, i.e., some patients feel every irregular beat, some don't feel any even if sustained. Some causes are intrinsic (diseases) or extrinsic (caffeine, stimulant medications, hormonal, psychological/stress). The latter causes often last shorter if avoided. ...Read more

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How long do heart palpitations last from benzo withdrawl?

How long do heart palpitations last from benzo withdrawl?

Heart palpitations: Benzodiazepine withdrawal is not associated with cardiac arrhythmia so get it investigated given your history and medications ...Read more

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I have heart palpitations frequently....whatever activity I'm doing or just relaxing it happens. It doesn't last long but it's scary and seems like i?

I have heart palpitations frequently....whatever activity I'm doing or just relaxing it happens. It doesn't last long but it's scary and seems like i?

Palpitations: There are numerous causes for palpitations. Some are not dangerous, some are of concern. Many can cause similar types of symptoms.
The best way to figure this out is by wearing a monitor for a period of time. For people with symptoms every day or 2, a 24-hour or 48 hour Holter monitor would work well. For more sporadic symptoms- a longer monitor such as a 2-week Zio or a 4-week event monitor. ...Read more

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For the last week I have had substantial heart palpitations, keeping me from sleeping at night. Can anxiety do that? For that long?

For the last week I have had substantial heart palpitations, keeping me from sleeping at night. Can anxiety do that? For that long?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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Does albuterol sulfate cause heart palpitations and increased pulse? If so, how long does effect last after dose? Doctor prescribed for bronchitis.

Does albuterol sulfate cause heart palpitations and increased pulse? If so, how long does effect last after dose? Doctor prescribed for bronchitis.

It often does: Give your physician a call, especially if your heart is doing more than 5 flipflops per minute or it bothers you. It's not especially dangerous. By the way, if you've needed a rx for albuterol, you may have a tendency to asthma / bronchitis and this would be a great time to ask for help stopping smoking. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How much time do heart palpitations last?

How much time do heart palpitations last?

Secs to days: Seconds to days, depends upon what is going on. Technically the definition of palpitations is "awareness of the heart beat". often due to a "not normal" heart beat or arrhythmia of some sort, but sometimes general anxiety cause heighten awareness of the heart beat. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for heart palpitations to last?

Would it be unusual or concerning for heart palpitations to last?

Palpitation Sx: 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 found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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A week ago I started having heart palpitations once and then last three days I've had them 2 times a day???

A week ago I started having heart palpitations once and then last three days I've had them 2 times a day???

Heart palpitations: Time to see your doctor for a check up concerning the heart palpitations. If you are having diarrhea, perhaps you are have electrolyte disturbance that could cause palpitations. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heart palpitations and a low bp while on noratrytaline? I skipped last night but when I checked my bp was 87/66 HR138

I am experiencing heart palpitations and a low bp while on noratrytaline? I skipped last night but when I checked my bp was 87/66 HR138

Serious: These cardiovascular symptoms are serious and should be reported to your treating physician as soon as possible. Both palpitations and hypotension have been reported as side effects of nortriptyline. You may be referred for thyroid tests and to a cardiologist to determine the exact nature of your palpitations and for follow-up of your low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Take 20 mg propranolol daily, hw long does it stay in your system. By the next dose my BP is 130s over 80s. Does it also help with heart palpitations?

Take 20 mg propranolol daily, hw long does it stay in your system. By the next dose my BP is 130s over 80s. Does it also help with heart palpitations?

Palpitations: Propranolol is a nonselective beta blocker blocks β1- and β2-adrenergic receptors. The half-life is approx 5-7 hrs. Propranolol blocks b1 receptors which when stimulated accelerate your heart rate. So yes it should help with palpitations.
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I have pain in lower back across the bottom it's the same as when I have heart palpitations but in my lower back lasts about a minute and very intense?

I have pain in lower back across the bottom it's the same as when I have heart palpitations but in my lower back lasts about a minute and very intense?

Not enough info: In a time of Too Much Information, this case is just the opposite. You need to see family doctor so s'he can get a full history from you and do a thorough physical exam. You may also need an x-ray and/or some lab tests (including urinalysis. I wish you the best! ...Read more

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I've had horrible heart palpitations for the last few days. Not anxiety related. Healthy 33 yr female. Could it be related to ovulation?

I've had horrible heart palpitations for the last few days. Not anxiety related. Healthy 33 yr female. Could it be related to ovulation?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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I get 2 migraines a month, lasting 3 days each. I can no longer take triptans due to heart palpitations. OTC pills do nothing. Help! ?

I get 2 migraines a month, lasting 3 days each. I can no longer take triptans due to heart palpitations. OTC pills do nothing. Help! ?

There have been many: Advances in the treatment of Migraines in the last decade including Botox treatments and surgical interventions. Oral medications are not always appropriate any longer. You should arrange for an evaluation at a University Neurology program near your home. ...Read more

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Can domperidone have long term side effects? I took it very briefly about 6 months ago and have been experiencing heart palpitations ever since.

Can domperidone have long term side effects? I took it very briefly about 6 months ago and have been experiencing heart palpitations ever since.

Unlikely: To be the cause for your ongoing problem, it's half life is about 8 hours, meaning that it will be eliminated from your system in less than a day, and side effects are short lived. You want to check with your doctor for evaluation of your heart and perform basic studies, best wishes ...Read more

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Can asthma cause heart palpitations? I've been having a sinking heart feeling post workout (lasts seconds), and wondering if the workout could be why?

Can asthma cause heart palpitations? I've been having a sinking heart feeling post workout (lasts seconds), and wondering if the workout could be why?

Palpitations?: It is common to have rapid hear beats and palpitation after workout.We don't know what really sinking heart means. Do you suffer from Asthma.Asthma can cause palpitations during an acute ataack only. Since it is a cocern and if it is happening every time you workout, it may be a good idea to get it checked from your Primary Doctor. It may be nothing serious but still get it checked for peace of mond ...Read more

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For the last 2 months I've been having heart palpitations. I do drink a 5 hour energy shot each day, and drink a lot of soda. I am very worried about it?

And hydrate: I agree with the comments about caffeine. Additionally, dehydration can be involved, drink plenty of water. If the problem persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Last week I fainted with eyes opens, and remembered everything perfectly, and I have been having heart palpitations.

Last week I fainted with eyes opens, and remembered everything perfectly, and I have been having heart palpitations.

Terminology: The terms "faint" and syncope (a condition you list) imply loss of consciousness - in which case you would not remember everything perfectly. Presumably these are not the best terms for your illness. Heart arrhythmia can cause falling spells without loss of consciousness. Gather details, (when started, how many, time of day, duration, other symptoms, etc.), see doctor, have tests. ...Read more

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What causes heart palpitations? I feel like heart skips beat. In my chest and neck. Is this dangerous? Started last night been on and off.

What causes heart palpitations? I feel like heart skips beat. In my chest and neck. Is this dangerous? Started last night been on and off.

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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Heart palpitations for years. 24 hour tape years ago. All good. 50+ ecgs in last year. One last week. All good. Palpitations constant today. Dying?

Cardiac symptoms: Palpitations (the sensation of a rapid or irregular heart beat) with lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath or chest pain should be evaluated promptly. Anxiety about palpitations can become very debilitating. If no medical cause is found then mental health therapies are indicated. ...Read more

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I took 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 4 days I have been off of it for 6 days How long does it take to get out of my system? I've had heart palpitations all day

I took 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 4 days I have been off of it for 6 days How long does it take to get out of my system? I've had heart palpitations all day

2-4 weeks: Half-life of prozac (fluoxetine) is about 3 days, multiply it by 5, it is about 2 weeks to bring Prozac (fluoxetine) blood concentration to a barely detectable level... but to avoid any drug-to-drug interactions, I'd advice to wait for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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EKG was normal, get very anxious easily, had heart palpitations for the last couple of days, bloods normal,?

EKG was normal, get very anxious easily, had heart palpitations for the last couple of days, bloods normal,?

Physically good: It was wise to check for physical issues and now that you know you are of sound body - it's time to work on the mind part. A good CBT therapist can teach skills to understand, avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. It's a great value since it can benefit you through out life. If medication is needed they can refer for that - but I'd try Therapy first. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get heart palpitations during pms? I had them last month and ceased day period started. They are now starting again.

Is it normal to get heart palpitations during pms? I had them last month and ceased day period started. They are now starting again.

Very normal: Many women notice periodicity of their heart rhythm with their monthly cycle. This is even more true in pregnancy. No doubt hormone related. Benign. ...Read more

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I'm 19, within the last 6 months I lost hair on the left side of my head and left brow, what could this be? Though it stopped I used to itch all over and experienced heart palpitations.

I'm 19, within the last 6 months I lost hair on the left side of my head and left brow, what could this be? Though it stopped I used to itch all over and experienced heart palpitations.

Hair Loss: Causes of hair loss includes: thyroid disease, anemia, oral medications, genetic conditions like alopecia Areata, male pattern hair loss, recent surgery or stressful event, infections or infestations. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chonic dehydration. Told to drink 2.3L min. Of water per day. How long should it take to rehydrate and stop heart palpitations 100%?

Diagnosed with chonic dehydration. Told to drink 2.3L min. Of water per day. How long should it take to rehydrate and stop heart palpitations 100%?

Quickly: If you are drinking adequate water per day you should be rehydrated quickly. If you find that you still have heart palpitations then they may be due to another cause and you may want to add a little salt with the fluid- a handful of salted nuts, etc. Also you should be peeing several times per day- every 4 to 6 hours- that is another sign you have adequate hydration
See your doctor if not better ...Read more

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Having on and off heart palpitations since last week. My heart races when I walk and when I wake up in the morning and when the weather is hot. Cause?

Having on and off heart palpitations since last week. My heart races when I walk and when I wake up in the morning and when the weather is hot. Cause?

Time to see a doctor: A young woman who feels palpitations should be checked by her primary care doctor (family medicine or internal medicine, not Ob-Gyn) to make sure her body is ok from a general check-up point of view, and to listen to her heart. It could just be that she is out of shape and trying to exercise herself back into shape. But, it could also be that her heart is beating irregularly for another reason. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover fully from heart palpitations and anxiety from weekend binge drinking im on day 6 of recovering still have a symptoms?

Palpitations: Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol usually begin 6 to 24 hours after the last drink and can last for up to one week. The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of alcohol intake and the length of time you have been using it. The symptoms can be very serious and include tremor, insomnia, DTs, seizures and even death. You need to think about going into an alcohol rehab program ...Read more

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I Had a sleep study last night with CPAP and have been experiencing heart palpitations most of the day. Can initial CPAP cause Vagus nerve irritation?

I Had a sleep study last night with CPAP and have been experiencing heart palpitations most of the day. Can initial CPAP cause Vagus nerve irritation?

Typically no: That does not usually happen. It can trigger changes in your level of carbon dioxide since with apnea you tend to retain more and CPAP will force you to blow that out. If this is persistent go get an EKG. Heart arrhythmia is common in apnea including heart block, PVCs and atrial fibrillation. Some can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it true that over a long period of time of heart palpitations can cause blood clots?

Is it true that over a long period of time of heart palpitations can cause blood clots?

Depends: heart palpitations can range from Benign premature atrial contractions to sustained abnormal rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation /flutter can causes stasis of blood flow in a heart chamber from asynchronous atrio-ventricular contractions and hence blood pools so to speak and can form clots. ...Read more

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Having GA to get 4 wisdom teeth extracted in 2 days, I'm generally healthy and 29/F. I had a few moments of heart palpitations last night, still safe?

Palpitations: In most cases of outpatient anesthesia, any preoperative issues, including palpitations, new or old, require evaluation by a physician. Patients undergoing such procedures must be on a professional OR grade monitor, but the EKG tracings do NOT allow for complete evaluation as a 12 lead would. And most dentists administering GA are NOT qualified to "read" an EKG or decide on safety in. Such cases. ...Read more

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I have a rapid weight gain, swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath from high B12 levels. How can I lower this and how long will it take?

I have a rapid weight gain, swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath from high B12 levels. How can I lower this and how long will it take?

Not the case: Your symptoms are not from B12 toxicity. 1st, B12 toxicity is rare. 2nd, if you do happen to become toxic, then your symptoms would be numbness/tingling in the hands ; face, panic attacks, insomnia, and maybe rashes. If you already have an overactive thyroid or mitral valve disease, then B12 toxicity may make those worse. Dyspnea would result from worsening mitral disease but you'd lose weight. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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