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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Rapid Heart Beat (Overview)

Rapid heart beat is a symptom in which a person's heart is beating fast. A fast heart rate can be normal if a person is excited or exercising. Sometimes a rapid rate is called sinus tachycardia, atrial flutter, or atrial fibrillation, etc..., depending on the type of arrhythmia (heart rhythm or rate problem).


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What could cause rapid heart beat and flushing after drinking alcohol?

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What could cause rapid heart beat and flushing after drinking alcohol?

Genetic variant: Some people have a genetic variant of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol. The aldh2 gene regulates the production of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 that transforms acetaldehyde into acetic acid. The aldh2*2 variant is common in individuals of east asian descent (45-50%), but is extremely rare in most non-asian populations. When drinking alcohol, these people flush, have tachycardia, etc, . ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Rapid Heart Beat (Overview)

Rapid heart beat is a symptom in which a person's heart is beating fast. A fast heart rate can be normal if a person is excited or exercising. Sometimes a rapid rate is called sinus tachycardia, atrial flutter, or atrial fibrillation, etc..., depending on the type of arrhythmia (heart rhythm or rate problem).


Dr. Mathew Chengot
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I wake up scared along with rapid heart beat a lot. What does this mean?

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I wake up scared along with rapid heart beat a lot. What does this mean?

Need evaluation: You may have fibrillatation need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Tip)

Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm

If you have palpitations, avoid caffeine, drink more fluids and work out. Overtime will feel better. ...See more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Dr. Atique Mirza
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How can I treat rapid heart beat after shock?

Dr. Atique Mirza
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How can I treat rapid heart beat after shock?

Relax: It is normal to have fast best in stressful conditions so relax and if the fast heart rate persist see your pcp. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Callman
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My friend heart beats rapidly at very random times and he doesn't think thats a problem. What can he do about his random rapid heart beat?

Dr. Mark Callman
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My friend heart beats rapidly at very random times and he doesn't think thats a problem. What can he do about his random rapid heart beat?

See a doctor: There are many causes of this .It would be helpful to know how fast his heart rate gets.He might well need blood tests such as thyroid testing.He would also need an electrocardiogram and possibly a 24 hr heart monitor called a holter monitor.It would be important to see his doctor to determine if the rapid heart rate originates from the top or bottom of the heart.Avoid caffeine and see a doctor! ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
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Is it alright to get rid of your pacemaker once you feel better with your heart beat?

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Is it alright to get rid of your pacemaker once you feel better with your heart beat?

No: I am sure the pacemaker was placed for a reason which would not spontaneously heal itself. You're likely feeling better because of your pacemaker. If there ever is a reason to do so, a pacemaker can be easily turned off. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I'm taking savella/fibro 50mg twice day for 2 months. 2 weeks ago rapid heart beat, low blood pressure and freezing hands and feet. Drug related?

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I'm taking savella/fibro 50mg twice day for 2 months. 2 weeks ago rapid heart beat, low blood pressure and freezing hands and feet.  Drug related?

Possibly: I would speak with the doctor who prescribed it and would consider stopping it and see if the issues resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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I am taking nortriptaline 30mg for migraine 2 days now. Having rapid heart beat after taking. Shall i continue taking? Quit it cold? Taper off?

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I am taking nortriptaline 30mg for migraine 2 days now. Having rapid heart beat after taking. Shall i continue taking? Quit it cold? Taper off?

Sounds like: You are having adverse rxtn to the nortriptyline, and the dose you are taking is far too low to really prevent future migraine headaches. If you increase dose, you will have more problems. There are far better prophylactic options, and it is best to find a headache specialist, and consider other meds or even otc preps which are safer, more effective, and have less side effect potential. ...Read more

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I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

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I regularly have high blood pressure, usually acompanied with rapid heart beat. May I consume a little cofee or alcohol. Or better avoid it.?

Hypertension: You should not have high BP regularly. You should be able to control it well with medications. If it accompanied with rapid heart rate, your BP meds may have to be tweaked to include a beta blocker. Have it checked with your family doctor. ...Read more

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