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What Happens If You Overwork Your Heart
OD: See your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more
Depends: If the reason your heart moved out of place is because you fell (or jumped) off the Brooklyn Bridge, there will be marked displacement and you will likely die. But if it's out of place because you're walking on your hands or on a roller coaster, the movement is slight, it will return to normal when you're done, and it's unlikely that you'll die (as a consequence of the movement). ...Read more
Exercise: You are improving the functionality of your heart by exercising as consistently as you are, check with your cardiologist if you have any concerns as you should be followed closely if you have any heart issues. You are exercising more than most americans and should be commended for your efforts. Keep up the good work. Best wishes. ...Read more
What happens if heart bit rate increases/decreases does performance level increases/decreases as well?
Bit rate?: I'm not familiar with the term "heart bit rate". If you mean "heart rate" - there are many factors related to performance. The heart rate will increase with increasing workload and when it reaches its physiological maximum, oxygen debt begins and performance quickly declines. ...Read more
What happens if you were diagnosed with a mild heart condition that would possibly get you disqualified from the army?
That depends: What was the condition?? See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/heart. Htm ...Read more
My heart just beat hard about 8 times in a row and felt like it gurgled each time. This only happens rarely. What could it be?
Arrhythmia: You could be experiencing temporary irregular heart beats known as an arrhythmia. If it's only lasting for 8 beats before you lose the sensation, it's unlikely to be serious if you aren't having any associated symptoms at the time like dizziness, nausea, chest paint or shortness of breath. It would still be worth discussing with your doctor and obtaining an EKG to rule out any gross abnormalitie ...Read more
If someone is told that there heart is only working at 5% what does this mean and what can happen to the person if this is so?
I feel pains coming from the area where my heart is. It happens around the time that I'm close to waking up. Should I be worried?
Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is but one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more
Is it normal for my heart to stop when I'm active? When this happens my beat speeds and then the pause lasts about 5 seconds per stop.
See a doctor: Normally, the heart rate increases with exercise. Although the rate can vary, your heart should not "pause". Pseudo your doctor, who may want to monitor your heart during exercise to see what is happening. ...Read more
I kept feeling like my heart was slowing down it woke me up and every time I tried to lay down it would happen again should I be worried?
Could be normal: But holter or event monitoring would delineate ...Read more
Is it normal at age 18/19 to feel jolts of pain in my heart sometimes? Happens every couple mins for like a minute then goes away again??
No: The heart itself has no pain fibers to give you pain. The blood vessels within the heart do, but you are far too young and the pain you describe not of heart origin. If you look at that location, it has chest wall, swallowing tube, and heart. What you describe sounds more like reflux (swallowing tube) but it could be chest wall. Your doc could help you sort this out, but it does not sound serious. ...Read more
Why all of a sudden. Does bottom part of b/p start going high? Does that mean something happened to my heart? I'm 58. 135lb what's high?
140/90: A normal average diastolic # (lower #) at rest is 90 or less. When you simply stand up, the diastolic pressure rises and that's normal & healthy. Measure your BP after 10-15 minutes of complete rest, seated, arm at heart level. If the average is>90, inform your family doctor. Hypertension is not an indication of heart damage but will cause heart damage over time if untreated. ...Read more
Woke up last night with my heart going 160 bpm and felt anxious but wasn't because it happened two weeks ago and both times resolved. Cause?
SVT: You probably have SVT (assumption based on HR) but only a tracing during the dysrhythmia can confirm it so you need to wear a 30 day event monitor. SVT is caused by an anatomic predisposition (you're born with) coupled with a trigger. The trigger may never be identified but common contributors are alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, decongestants, fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Sometimes there's no reason ...Read more
Before 6 years I made electro fisiology study on my heart now again I have tahicardya for 140 BPM is there any chance this could happen again?
Yes: Recurrence is common - occurs in 30-50% after a single ablation, over time. If your hr is persisting at 140, you should seek immediate care. If it resolved on it own, you could wait to see if it recurs since it took 6 years before this happened after your first ablation (if I'm understanding you correctly). Many people can be successfully treated with simple meds after an ablation to stay normal. ...Read more
If a heart pt accidentally consumes grapefruit, how dangerous is it, what could happen? How much grapefruit needs to be consumed to be dangerous?
Grapefruit Juice: Taking some medications with grapefruit juice seems to lower their effectiveness. The same is not true with other citrus juices ...Read more
Several years I feel like 1x/month my heart beating really strong, irregular for few seconds, than its all like nothing happened again. What is it?
Frequently but not everytime, when im done eating, after a while I would get oain around my heart. This would only happen once every couple months?
Suddenly feeling scared like something bad is about to happen heart starts racing body feels light, feels like im dying or something horrible happen?
Panic attack?: What you describe sounds similar to panic/anxiety. Have you had these symptoms before? If recurrent/problematic it might be worth talking with your provider - some medications may also influence presence of symptoms so eval would be helpful. If this is new or unusual, I would not worry too much - monitor and use basic grounding skills - see links in comments section. Be well. ...Read more
Sometimes I can feel a pain in my heart area, it really isn't pain, but just something I can feel and notice, it happens randomly, not sure causes it.
See Dr: At 21& female; really doubt heart disease unless you a strong family history. But women can have unusual heart symptoms. See your dr. ...Read more
I have been having this hearts pains for the past two days. It happens every night and I don't know what it is. Can you please help me.?
Modified and used: Artificial hearts are being used for bridge-to-transplant as well as destination therapy. The more common models now use a corkscrew propeller-type pump to provide continuous blood flow rather than pulsatile. ...Read more
Heart Attack Teen: A heart attack could happen in a 16 year old. It is not common, but certainly is possible especially if the 16 year old is very obese or uses prescription or non-prescription stimulant drugs. They could have a heat attack as a result of some other medical condition or procedure, too. ...Read more
You die: Well, only if it's too low to support life! You mean pretty low but not that low. Some people tolerate a heart rate in the 40's or even 30's with no symptoms. Most often, when the heart rate is that low, one feels fatigue, dizziness, and may even have chest pain or pass out. A dangerously high potassium, thyroid disorder or too much of a medication might cause this. Some require a pacemaker. ...Read more
Need a monitor: To start with, it's common to feel palpitations but actually the problem is in the GI tract. We do not assume this of course. You could have a normal rhythm when palpitations occur but also it could be other things. No one would be able to guess without some basic testing. If this is occurring frequently, I recommend you have an electrocardiogram of the heart (12-lead EKG) +/- 48hr heart monitor. ...Read more
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