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Is It Worth A Trip To The Doctor For Skipped Heart Beat
How do you feel?: Skipped heart beat affects practically everyone sometimes. If you're aware but not troubled most of the time, there's no need to see a doctor. Causes include caffeine, stress, lack of sleep electrolyte imbalance from diarrhea, vomiting, diet, sweating etc. If you have a known heart disease (eg hx of heart attack or heart failure), it may be more serious and ought be evaluated. ...Read more
We all probably have minor heart irregularities every day and don't even know it. There may be premature or delayed beats in the course of 100, 000 beats in a day that are of no consequence. The problem may come in if these occur frequently or cause symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Pvcs are benign -- other skipped beats need to be ...Read more
In the throws of a racing heartstrings (185–220 pulse oximeter) what should be done to stop it from beating so fast? Er visit or wait it out?
ER if prolonged: You can try some bagel maneuvers (bearing down, submerging your head in a bucket of cold water), but if the heart racing continues for more than 30 sec or is associated with shortness of breath, chest pain or passing out, go to er immediately (don't drive - have someone or ems take you). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?
New Heart: During a heart transplant, the patient is put on a bypass machine. What this means is that the patient's blood is pumped through an external device, and then back into the patient. Kind of like an external heart. The patient is taken off the bypass machine with a new heart that beats, generally speaking. ...Read more
Yes: Very often healthy people will have small irregularities in their rhythm. It is not normal to have significant symptoms from this or for the irregular beats to continue beyond a few seconds - if this is happening then this person should be evaluated by a physician for blood work, have an ekg and may require a holter monitor (looks at rhythm over time). ...Read more
Yes, most likely: The commonest cause for skipped beat is a PVC but it can also be a PAC. The only way to make certain is to get a EKG done by seeking help from your PCP. ...Read more
Yes, but: Yes, but it will be at much higher risk. ...Read more
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
Yes: A lot of people have silent coronary disease where they are unaware of what is going on. Best is to make sure your blood pressure is well controlled and that you eat healthy, avoid processed foods and limit the inflammation in your body that sometimes also stems from food. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is it ok to take the stairs like 20 steps up if you have a heart prob?.Can it be done one step at a time? Is it safe?
Try OTC Meds First: No rash? Just itching.Take any over-the-counter antihistamine with cetirizine, fexofenadine or loratadine. Start with one a day if this doesn't go away, increase it to twice a day. If this doesn't help go see your doctor. If you have a rash and poison ivy is a possibility, use Hydrocortisone cream. Rarely the start of shingles can start as an itch. For this you should see a doctor within 72 hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should a doctor consider before giving a patient metoprolol for heart palpitations due to too much adrenaline?
An endocrinologist: B"sd It is essential to define the nature and source of the excess "adrenaline", which usually refers to normetanephrine (NE) and less commonly but much more dangerous epinephrine (E). Metoprolol is a selective beta blocker which can counter the effects of excess NE. However, E is both beta and alpha. In conditions of E excess metoprolol can result in paradoxical severe hypertension emergency ...Read more
Heart Flutter: If you intermittently feel your heart beating very fast, you need to see your physician for an evaluation. While it might be anxiety, there is the possibility that your are intermittently having an irregular heart beat that should be evaluated and treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get a lot of heart thumps or skipped beats but electro is normal. Is this test enough to rule out heart problem?
Incomplete evaluatio: The next test that should be done is a 24 hour Holter monitor. Hopefully you will sense some skipped or abnormal beats while you wear the recorder and the doctor can see if it is anything to worry about. Lab work may also be advisable. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can mvp with heart murmur cause palpitations w/ SOB? It only last for a second. Should I give my heart dr. A call or is it normal.?
My heart beat skips half a beat or a beat every 6-9 beats all the time. Is this normal? I'm suspecting it may be a side effect from the birth control.
Likely common: Most likely you have pvcs (premature ventricular complex), a fancy term for a normal variation is heart rhythm where once in a while a beat is irregular. It is very common. Bcp (birth control pills) usually do not cause this directly but can sometimes cause blood clots which can irritate your heart. You should see your doctor to get at least a 12 lead ekg. ...Read more
Yes: Eye pain - especially persisitent pain - is not normal. Occasional sharp pains lasting for only a few seconds may be caused by dry eyes. Most other causes of eye pain are more serious. The best way to know for sure what is causing the pain is to have an eye examination. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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