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My Heart Is Beating Funny
There have been three times since spring this year where my heart started beating a little funny and then i got a little dizzy or lightheaded. Worry?
Needs evaluation: Could just be anxiety or dehydration, but i would worry about a possible dangerous arrhythmia and would recommend an evaluation. If it happens again, check your pulse immediately. Steady or irregular? What's the heart rate? (# of beats in a minute). Practice this when you feel well so you know what it should feel like. This info will help your doctor in the evaluation. Meanwhile, avoid caffeine. ...Read more
Hi my heart always feel like it beating funny. Been up my doc lots and everytime he check its ok. Keeps on doin it thou. ?
See ur doc: There are some rather easy ways to determine if yur heart is beating funny (suggestive of a rhythm disorder). An ECG is only about 30 sec of monitoring so it won't like detect a rhythm disorder. A 24-48 hr monitoring (Holter) of ur heart, may show it. If it is less frequent an event dectector monitoring (that may last up to a week or more) will definitely detect even an occasional rhythm disorder. ...Read more
Tight feeling in chest, breathing feels restricted and heart beat can feel funny. Usually episodes of symptoms only lasting few seconds or minutes?
See cardiologist. : "Funny heart beat" can be anything from atrial or ventricular premature contractions. Considering your other symptoms however you should get evaluated by a cardiologist sooner than later and get an accurate diagnosis. Cardiac problems can be very serious and should not ge considered benign till evaluated by a cardiologist. ...Read more
See an EP: See a cardiac electrophysiologist for evaluation. They'll place a monitor and see what's up. You're a bit of a ways from houston, so it might be worth it to start with a general cardiologist. ...Read more
Many causes: Aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral regurgitation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, uncontrolled hypertension, thyrotoxicosis, arrhythmias - they all can cause your heart to beat harder than usual. Alternatively, it can be simple cardiac awareness. An echocardiogram, rhythm recording, and blood samples are needed to sort out the cause. ...Read more
Probably arrhythmia: A very fast heart rate with other symptoms such as face flushing may indicate an unusual type of fast rhythm. The general term for fast heart rate is tachycardia; there are several types such as supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation. To assess accurately requires an ecg. This should be evaluated closely by a physician, maybe in the ed now depending on symptoms. ...Read more
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