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I got a holter test done came back that my heart was adding beats and I feel my heart beating on my back when laying down and I can see my pulse on top of my wrist is this dangerous?

I got a holter test done came back that my heart was adding beats and I feel my heart beating on my back when laying down and I can see my pulse on top of my wrist is this dangerous?

Depends on rhythms: It all depends on what the Holter says. Did your symptoms (back heart beat and wrist pulse) correlate with an abnormal rhythm on the Holter? (Hopefully you kept a symptom. Diary when wearing the Holter) If the underlying rhythm I'd dangerous (VTACH or other) then a Cardiologist consult is needed. If the underlying rhythm is aberrant it could still be benign (atrial tach or atrial flutter). TTYD. ...Read more

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Just switched back from lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) 50 mg to ivabradine 5 mg. Hr 60 but now I feel my heart beating irregularly. Normal reaction? Should I be concerned?

Just switched back from lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) 50 mg to ivabradine 5 mg. Hr 60 but now I feel my heart beating irregularly. Normal reaction? Should I be concerned?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can a heart that already stopped beating be shocked back into it's rhythm?

Can a heart that already stopped beating be shocked back into it's rhythm?

Cardiac arrest: A 'stopped heart' can sometimes be stimulated back into activity by shock and cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts. The electric shock is administered for specific problems associated with 'stopped heart'. ...Read more

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How long after working out should your heart go back to normal beating patterns?

How long after working out should your heart go back to normal beating patterns?

Depends on fitness..: Generally it is related to your fitness level. Heart rate falls rapidly to resting levels in 1 to 2 minutes if you have a high level of fitness. On the other hand the lower the physical fitness the longer it takes to return to resting levels. ...Read more

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I'm 24 & the past week at night I feel my heart suddenly beating harder for a beat or 2 & it goes back to normal. It doesn't feel good. Should I worry?

I'm 24 & the past week at night I feel my heart suddenly beating harder for a beat or 2 & it goes back to normal. It doesn't feel good. Should I worry?

See a doctor: People at times have palpitations, or a sudden increase heart rate and the awareness of the beating, that is normal. However, dehydration, sickness, anxiety and cardiac problems can all contribute. Getting blood work up and an ekg (a test to check your heart rate and rhythm) is a good idea ...Read more

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Heart stopped beating for 1 second then came back to normal with 1 really hard beat. When the hard beat came I felt a dizzyness for a split second.

Heart stopped beating for 1 second then came back to normal with 1 really hard beat. When the hard beat came I felt a dizzyness for a split second.

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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Why does my heart stop beating for a while sometimes when I sleep on my back?

Why does my heart stop beating for a while sometimes when I sleep on my back?

Subjective?: If this is really happening then you may have some degree of sleep apnea. You need to get a cardiac monitor while asleep. A mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry monitor is good. You also need a sleep study. This work-up should be performed under your physician's supervision. ...Read more

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I just leaned back in my chair and stretched my upper body. Now my heart is beating really fast and seems out of rhythm. Was normal before stretch.

I just leaned back in my chair and stretched my upper body. Now my heart is beating really fast and seems out of rhythm. Was normal before stretch.

Arrythmia: If it continues for more than a few minutes you need to see a doctor to diagnose the kind of dysrythmia. Do not take any stimulants like coffee. Energy drinks or Coke ...Read more

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My heart has been beating really fast when I go to bed. I have recently lost 30 lbs and have had a heart monitor which came back normal. Why?

My heart has been beating really fast when I go to bed. I have recently lost 30 lbs and have had a heart monitor which came back normal. Why?

Not uncommon: There are many reasons people have the feeling of rapid heart beats (tachycardia), some have to do with the heart and some have to do with the mind. Did you have the palpitations while you had the holter monitor on; if it "catch it", I would suggest an event monitor instead. Most cases are benign and self-limited, rarely requiring treatment. Did you have your thyroid checked? ...Read more

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When I have irregular heart beats I perform chest compressions on my self then the heart returns back to beating normal. Is it safe what I'm doing?

When I have irregular heart beats I perform chest compressions on my self then the heart returns back to beating normal. Is it safe what I'm doing?

Huh?: Have heard of self -performed cough-induced cardiac compression & self-performed chest thump (neither of which I am suggesting that you do). However, I haven't heard of someone doing self -performed chest compressions. If you are having irregular heart rate then this should be evaluated by your physician or a cardiologist. Would discourage you from engaging in this activity unless you are >>. ...Read more

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36f I feel occasional thoratic pulsating, (like my heart beating)back pain, it lasts about 30 sec. What could be causing this?

36f I feel occasional thoratic pulsating, (like my heart beating)back pain, it lasts about 30 sec. What could be causing this?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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It's been few day my heart has been beating fast on and off. Also have sharpe pain in my left breast and back what could be the cause?

It's been few day my heart has been beating fast on and off. Also have sharpe pain in my left breast and back what could be the cause?

Palpitations: Usually benign, palpitations are extra heart beats that cause the sensation of skipping or fluttering. If you have no risk factors for heart disease, these may be simply triggered by diet, e.g. caffeine. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Is it normal if you have Anxiety to have hard beating of the heart all day even though they are not nervous? An ECG and Ultrasound came back normal.

Is it normal if you have Anxiety to have hard beating of the heart all day even though they are not nervous? An ECG and Ultrasound came back normal.

Common's not normal: It's good your heart trest results are normal - and, at your age, it would not a known condition if you did have cardiac issues. You may have an idea of 'nervous' that differs from your body's sense of it. Let a well trained expert Clin Psych do a good psych eval. Expect that CBT therapy will teach you skills toward a better life. It's a great investment w/ or w/out meds. Best! ...Read more

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My gf has lower back pains, palpitating heart, and when she holds her breath, allegedly, it stops beating. Then, when she gets a bump, it easily bruise?

My gf has lower back pains, palpitating heart, and when she holds her breath, allegedly, it stops beating. Then, when she gets a bump, it easily bruise?

See physician: Low back pain, easy bruising on the limbs and occasional palpitations are all fairly common, and women are often more sensitive to these body events than men are. However, very rapid or prolonged palpitations could be serious, and a breath holding or cough might be able to stop an abnormal rhythm sometimes. Additionally, large bruises on the torso without trauma could also be serious. See doc. ...Read more

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Ever since I carried a heavy bookbag & swollen my left side upper back & been playing video games for hours with no sleep. My heart has been beating fast constantly & tingling in behind my head & can't sleep unless I take hot showers.?

Ever since I carried a heavy bookbag & swollen my left side upper back & been playing video games for hours with no sleep. My heart has been beating fast constantly & tingling in behind my head & can't sleep unless I take hot showers.?

Reset!: Your body needs you to hit the reset button! Abstain from all video games and junk food. Walk or exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day for the next week. Go online and print out a menu for the Mediterranean Diet and follow that strictly for 1-2 weeks. If your symptoms persist, see a doctor. ...Read more

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My heart feels like it is beating harder. Couldn't go back to sleep cause I was very aware of my heart beat. My pulse is 54bpm. Is this normal? Anxiety?

My heart feels like it is beating harder. Couldn't go back to sleep cause I was very aware of my heart beat. My pulse is 54bpm. Is this normal? Anxiety?

Depends on your BP: Increased cardiac awareness can often be an accompanying factor in several different types of anxiety. The most common would be generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It can also happen in social anxiety disorder. Although your pulse was nice and low, it would've been important to know your blood pressure at the time to definitively state whether it was due to anxiety. Most people in a high anxiety state have a higher pulse than yours was. However, that is not always the case. Your inhaler can also cause you to have increased cardiac awareness. However, had you used it slightly before going to bed your pulse likewise should've been higher. If it persists, please see your doctor and have your blood pressure and perhaps thyroid levels as well checked. ...Read more

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My heart suddenly starts beating fast, neck/back pains. Brain is always under pressure. Most of the time am confused. Am all the time tensed, frustrated.

My heart suddenly starts beating fast, neck/back pains. Brain is always under pressure. Most of the time am confused. Am all the time tensed, frustrated.

Sounds anxiety: I believe your symptoms are related to anxiety. I suggest to have a complete physical examination by a physician to make sure thre is no other issue. ...Read more

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Heart won't stop beating fast. Shortness of breath and sharp pain in upper stomach. Especially when I eat. My shoulder/back hurt. Help. What's wrong?

Heart won't stop beating fast. Shortness of breath and sharp pain in upper stomach. Especially when I eat. My shoulder/back hurt. Help. What's wrong?

Go to ER....: You should be evaluated in the emergency room today! shortness of breath can be a life-threatening symptom and a cardiac etiology needs to be ruled out since you are also experiencing a rapid heart rate. You need to be diagnosed and treated asap so go to the er today! Good luck! ...Read more

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I have tachycardia and hypertension. No doctors know why. Ecg and ultrasound came back normal apart from heart beating too quick. No family history.

I have tachycardia and hypertension. No doctors know why. Ecg and ultrasound came back normal apart from heart beating too quick. No family history.

Brain Control Key: Without brain control, heart rate ~110. We split-second modulate heart rate & function from brain 24/7, slow down/relax vs. Speed up/more intense. Similarly, we brain control end arterioles, total peripheral resistance, body wide. In turn these determine current systolic & diastolic bp, beat by beat. Each BP check a single beat for top, one for bottom, can change quickly. Docs just see behavior. ...Read more

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Bad head ache, left arm and leg gets numb, heart beating twice as fast, feeling light headed when standing, lower right side of back hurts (cant lay on)?

Bad head ache, left arm and leg gets numb, heart beating twice as fast, feeling light headed when standing, lower right side of back hurts (cant lay on)?

Head ache: I suspect a good part of the history is missing. We have no other information about you such as your medical or mental health history, any trauma. Do you have any other symptoms such as light sensitivity, fever, nausea, shortness or breath, etc? We also don't know how long the symptoms have been going on. I suggest you consult your doctor for a physical exam and possible X-rays and labs. ...Read more

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I can feel my heart beat in my back...? Is that really bad...?

I can feel my heart beat in my back...? Is that really bad...?

Ok: Many people can sense or feel their pulse See if primary care physician for in person valuation ...Read more

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When I breathe or don't sometimes I can feel my heart beat in my back right in the center is this normal?

When I breathe or don't sometimes I can feel my heart beat in my back right in the center is this normal?

Not normal: Ask your doctor for an evaluation of your thoracic aorta. A CT scan with contrast may be necessary. (I just noticed that you listed a CT scan in your procedures - if it's already been done and it's normal, it does not need to be repeated. In that case, the symptom may be normal "for you.") ...Read more