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What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

A number of things: It many be that your heart rate increases from factors as simple as drinking too much coffee, or simply being tired or anxious. In some people, a conduction variation in the heart will suddenly bump the rate up. If you have shortness of breath, faintness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or chest/jaw/shoulder pain, get to the ER or call 911. ...Read more

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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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What can cause rapid heart rate (up to 174 bpm), severe headache, rapid breathing, adrenaline rush to occur multiple times a night every night.

What can cause rapid heart rate (up to 174 bpm), severe headache, rapid breathing, adrenaline rush to occur multiple times a night every night.

See your Doctor: All these symptoms are a warning that are telling you to be seen, when we lie down fluid changes in our system can trigger underlying heart disease and trigger some of your symptoms, and could also be an endocrine (gland and hormone) problem, so please get to your Doctor and get this evaluated right away! ...Read more

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What is the treatment of rapid heart rate in infants?Please help.

What is the treatment of rapid heart rate in infants?Please help.

Depends on situation: First you must define rapid, as an infant may normally run rates of 90-180/min in various states of activity. If the rate is high for the activity, you identify the reason for a rapid rate and fix it.For dehydration you give fluids, for fever you reduce the fever. For infection you treat the infection. For a heart related issue, you must identify the problem to treat it. ...Read more

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What happens if you have rapid heart rate and severe tremors from citanest?

What happens if you have rapid heart rate and severe tremors from citanest?

Sounds like: You got a little too much in your bloodstream with epinephrine. Nothing you can do but your doctor can, but normally passes quickly ...Read more

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What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Baby has rapid heart rate of 160!?

Baby has rapid heart rate of 160!?

How old is your baby: A heart rate of 160 can be perfectly normal in a newborn baby and with activity or fever in babies up to several months of age, so it all depends on how old your baby is and whether there have been changes in the baby's appetite or degree of alertness. Consult your pediatrician if your baby is otherwise happy playful and eating well or have him checked asap in an er if he is not stable. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more