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Is Irregular Heartbeat And Palpitations Hereditary?

Is Irregular Heartbeat And Palpitations Hereditary?

Hereditary: Yes and no;there are many cardiac conditions with a genetic component which include rhythm disturbances,there are also heritable disorders of cardiac electrophysiology;in any given case thus the specifics matter with respect to heritability factors ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


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I noticed I have irregular heartbeat, and palpitations!? What should I do?

Cardiac workup: Guess you need a cardiac evaluation! (EKG, chest x-ray, echocardiogram, treadmill stress test, 24 hour Holter recording, electrolytes, thyroid function - for starters). ...Read more

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Is palpitation the same as an irregular heartbeat too?

Is palpitation the same as an irregular heartbeat too?

Not exactly: Palpitations usually describe an awareness of ones heart beat. Sometimes people are aware of a normal but more rapid heart beat, sometimes extra beats are the cause and in some, ongoing irregularity of the heart beat (most common example atrial fibrillation) may be the cause. ...Read more

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What body parts are affected by palpitation or irregular heartbeat?

What body parts are affected by palpitation or irregular heartbeat?

Usually, none.: Irregular heartbeats usually only affect, well, the heart. It is a very rare rhythm disorder that is fast enough, and sustained for a long enough time, that one develops a profound drop in blood pressure. Only in these cases do you have compromise of other body parts (e.g. Fainting from brain hypoperfusion, or kidney dysfunction from low output). ...Read more

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I've had irregular heartbeat/palpitations for years but this feels different. Brief episodes of intense rhythmic pain in my heart. What could this be?

I've had irregular heartbeat/palpitations for years but this feels different. Brief episodes of intense rhythmic pain in my heart. What could this be?

Need a monitor: Your symptoms are most likely related to an irregularity in the heart (cardiac) rhythm. The kind of symptom complex you describe may be associated with a benign cardiac rhythm disturbance, like single premature beats, but it may also be associated with a more significant arrhythmia. A 24 hour cardiac monitor would be helpful in determining the cause of your spells. ...Read more

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Is Long QT condition inherited or can be acquired? i've had 2 times in the past episodes of very fast, irregular heartbeat. tests ok, no holter test.

Is Long QT condition inherited or can be acquired? i've had 2 times in the past episodes of very fast, irregular heartbeat. tests ok, no holter test.

NothingOnTheQ-THere: Yes, it can be inherited and yes, it can be acquired (several medications can do it). I'm assuming that one of the "tests" you had was an EKG (test of the heart's electrical conduction system; they attach you to a bunch of wires and the result looks like a bunch of squiggly lines on graph paper). The EKG would tell you if the Q-T is too long. The Holter would be a good idea too, whatever the Q-T. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have irregular heartbeat?

Feel it.: You can test this at home by checking your pulse at the wrist at your neck or putting your hand over your heart. Alternatively you can get much more detail by obtaining and electrocardiogram (ekg), but irregularity that occurs randomly is not liable to be picked on on such testing. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pounding Heart (Pulse) (Definition)

Pounding heartbeat is a symptom in which a person senses that his heart is beating very strongly, such as during exercising. Pounding heartbeat, without other chest or heart symptoms, can be normal if it happens only during exercise. Otherwise, a medical problem may be the cause. ...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