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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

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Should I be worried about an irregular heartbeat?

Irreg heart beat: Hello ~ yes you should be concerned but not worried. The vast majority of irreg heart beats are benign atrial ectopic beats but some can be of more concern. Please visit your doc and have a resting and stress ECG and then a HOLTER test is necessary. This will identify the nature of the irregularity, and treatment if necessary. Thanks

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Power plates with an irregular heartbeat, should I be concerned?

Power plate: Should be little problem with using the power plate with most irregular heartbeats. To be sure more information needed.

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Can I take laxative with irregular heartbeat?

Can I take laxative with irregular heartbeat?

Yes: Most likely, but it would be best to call the pharmacy with the exact name of the laxative and the exact type of irregular heart beat that you have just to be sure that there are no contraindications to using them together.

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What can I do to prevent an irregular heartbeat after exercising?

Serious issue: You should not have an irregular heartbeat after exercise and this warrants urgent medical attention. This type of heartbeat can lead to clots and strokes if not properly treated. See a physician immediately for this condition.

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I have an irregular, irregular heartbeat and leaky valve. What is that exactly.

I have an irregular, irregular heartbeat and leaky valve. What is that exactly.

Atrial fibrillation: Irregilarly irregular heart rhythms tend to imply atrial fibrillation, which shoud be evaluated by a cardiologist. These can occur in the context of valvular leaking (regurgitation). Other causes include thyroid problems, alcohol or stimulant exposure, cardiac enlargement, sleep apnea, extreme physiologic stress.

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I'm experiencing constant bladder pressure and irregular heartbeat, what do I do?

I'm experiencing constant bladder pressure and irregular heartbeat, what do I do?

Unrelated: Those symptoms are not likely to be related in any way. You have 2 separate issues. The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. You need both symptoms evaluated.

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I have an irregular heartbeat will that cause complications when they remove my gallbladder since I have stones?

I have an irregular heartbeat will that cause complications when they remove my gallbladder since I have stones?

Low risk surgery: Irregular heart rhythm does not increase the risk of surgery as long as you do not have heart failure. If you are on a blood thinner it will need to be suspended for 5 days. Gall bladder surgery done by laparoscopy is a low risk surgery and is generally safe even for people with more significant heart disease than you. Good luck with surgery!

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I find that cumin helps me when I have an irregular heartbeat. (i mix two full teaspoons in hot water) is there any evidence for it?

Cumin: Cumin is a spice that is reported to reduce hypoglycemia, assist upset stomach and loose stools ; it contains magnesium ; iron. In researching this I have not seen it used medicinally for arythmias.

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I feel as though I have an irregular heartbeat. I've had 3 ekgs in past few months--they were irregular yet the doctors aren't concerned. Advice?

I feel as though I have an irregular heartbeat. I've had 3 ekgs in past few months--they were irregular yet the doctors aren't concerned. Advice?

Irregular ECG: Having an irregular ECG may be normal such as a sinus arrhythmia. However having an irregular heart rhythm may be far more serious like atrial fibrillation or svt. You need to find out what specific type of irregular heart beat you have.

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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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