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

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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

You can, but…: The Asian flush, as you term it, is caused by an enzyme which makes you metabolize alcohol into acetaldehyde. Since this is a genetic issue, Pepcid and Claritin (loratadine) will not help, although you can take them with alcohol in reasonable doses. Also, there is an increased risk of esophageal cancer with alcohol intake in patients with the Asian flush, so you should avoid regular drinking. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I get an occasional rapid heart beat when drinking?

Why do I get an occasional rapid heart beat when drinking?

Rapid heart rate: Alcohol is known to have vasodilator properties, as a reflex the heart rate can go up transiently. But if you have been drinking for quite sometime, it damages the heart muscle, you will end up in congestive heart failure and that can also increase the heart rate. ...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.?

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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Why does my heart beat fast and flushing after drinking alcohol?

Why does my heart beat fast and flushing after drinking alcohol?

Are you Asian?: There is a condition due to inability to metabolize alcohol call alcohol flush syndrome. Around 30% of asian descend people have it. Associated with flush, erythema and tachycardia. ...Read more

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I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

Not too surprising: This phenomenon of being able to see your chest rise & fall with your heart's beating is not uncommon. It can be particularly noticeable with you are lying on your back. Withdrawal from alcohol can result in physical symptoms such as more rapid & forceful heart beats. By now, it should be improving. See your doctor for help with your anxiety. Resist temptation to return to alcohol to help it! ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest pains, bad headaches, rapid heart beat after k2?

What do you advise if I have chest pains, bad headaches, rapid heart beat after k2?

Question: Not sure what you mean by k2. If you are having repeated episodes of chest pain and rapid heart beat you should see your Doc and be checked out. ...Read more

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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?

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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How can I treat rapid heart beat after shock?

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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Rapid heart beat after eating? What could cause this? 60lbs over weight. Taking lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg

Rapid heart beat after eating? What could cause this? 60lbs over weight. Taking lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg

Post prand. Tachy: Hello~ If you are 60lbs over weight I can understand that even a good meal would be an extra strain on your heart. It sounds as though you have a major problem with your weight and needs urgent attention. Please go and see your doc and see that there is a significant intervention to get you to lose weight. thanks ...Read more

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Does Lipozene cause a rapid heart beat?

Does Lipozene cause a rapid heart beat?

No: In general, Lipozene should not affect your heart rate. It is a fiber product, and is not absorbed into the bloodstream. However, be sure that the product is not a "lipozene-like diet drug", because then you cannot be certain what it is. Best to check with your doctor if you have an increased heart rate. ...Read more

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What would cause my 5yr old son a rapid heart beat 100 plus beats?

What would cause my 5yr old son a rapid heart beat 100 plus beats?

May be normal: For a five year old normal heart beat 90 to 110. However if you have any kind of rhythm problems, let him be seen by a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why do I have odd sensation in my neck and rapid heart beat?

Why do I have odd sensation in my neck and rapid heart beat?

Information insuffic: Insufficient information. Better to get checked unable explain and correlate neck symptoms with rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Rapid heart beat and pain in chest and arm.

Rapid heart beat and pain in chest and arm.

Seek help right away: You did not provide much information, but if these symptoms just started today and you have not been evaluated for them before, I encourage you to go to your nearest er for proper evaluation with ECG and possibly a stress test to make sure you are not having a heart attack or other heart ischemia. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden rapid heart beat and shortness of breath?

What could cause sudden rapid heart beat and shortness of breath?

Several causes: Cardiac causes, atrial fibrillation, flutter, svt, v. Tach, myocardial infarction, pericarditis etc.
Noncardiac causes- pneumonia, pleurisy, copd, etc. ...Read more

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I'm having headache and rapid heart beat for the last 3 days. What is it doctor? I didn't take any medication..

I'm having headache and rapid heart beat for the last 3 days. What is it doctor? I didn't take any medication..

Can't diagnose: With available info. Are you well hydrated? Any upper respiratory symptoms? Medical eval would be your best source of info on this one. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Rapid Heart Rate (Pulse) (Definition)

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). ...Read more