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What is the difference between palpitations and tachycardia?

What is the difference between palpitations and tachycardia?

Fast vs irregular: Palpitations are irregular heart beats and tachycardia is a fast heart beat. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


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I can't find a definition of subjective palpitations. I have idiopathic tachycardia and was just doing some reading. I?

I can't find a definition of subjective palpitations. I have idiopathic tachycardia and was just doing some reading. I?

Meaning: Subjective palpitations means you feel your heart skipping or racing, but they haven't been documented. Objective palpitations means they have been documented. ...Read more

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Why do vasodilators cause tachycardia and palpitation?

Why do vasodilators cause tachycardia and palpitation?

Vasodilators: Vasodilators do what the name implies: these compounds dilate blood vessels, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure. As the baroreceptors detect this, they command the autonomic nervous system to increase adrenaline output. This, in turn, increases heart rate and increases cardiac irritability. ...Read more

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Echo shows mv thickening and mild regurg. Tv mild regurg. Also have palpitations regularly and inappropriate tachycardia. Worried?

Echo shows mv thickening and mild regurg. Tv mild regurg. Also have palpitations regularly and inappropriate tachycardia. Worried?

Probably not: Mild mitral and tricuspid regugitation are common and rarely cause problems. The palpitations and tachycardia can often be treated with low doses of beta blockers. Best to see your doctor and ask for a holter monitor. ...Read more

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I occasionally get palpitations and mild tachycardia (max 108) upon standing. No explanation after testing. Could sedentary lifestyle cause this?

I occasionally get palpitations and mild tachycardia (max 108) upon standing. No explanation after testing. Could sedentary lifestyle cause this?

Probably normal: however there is a disease of the autonomic nervous system called positional orthostatic tachycardia (POTs) which could play a role. In addition the medications you are taking could cause this as well. Ask your physician to evaluate your autonomic system if this becomes a clinical problem for you. In the meantime hydration is key to management. ...Read more

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Does glutamate affect the cardiological system? Could it play a role in tachycardia and palpitations?

Does glutamate affect the cardiological system?  Could it play a role in tachycardia and palpitations?

A bit too gee-whiz: Glutamate receptors exist in peripheral tissues, i.e., outside the CNS. Animal research in this field goes back 15-20 years. Cardiac effects in animal studies are indirect, i.e. neurally mediated. not myocardium-mediated. Effects in humans at this point are mostly conjectural. There's a lot of totally unscientific sensationalist drivel on the Web about how bad MSG is. So no jumping to conclusions. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects from sinus tachycardia? Pulse rate is regularly above 100bpm d/t ADHD meds. No palpitations. Should i be concerned?

Yes: If you're getting less sleep than you did before you started med for add, or if you're losing weight without really trying, your dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is excessive for you. The resultant overstimulation could cause psychiatric or physical ills.Otherwise, it's not an urgent issue but one you should take up with your prescriber within the next few weeks. Your dose still could be excessive for your needs. ...Read more

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61 y female known cad.tachycardia all day 100-118 per minute with palpitations have appt with doc Tuesday is this soon enough?

61 y female known cad.tachycardia all day 100-118 per minute with palpitations have appt with doc Tuesday is this soon enough?

Is this very recent?: Perhaps a phone call to the office might help. There is no reassurance that you won't have a ventricular tachycardia but being apprehensive with a physiologic tachycardia is not a severe warning sign, Cool it but call your doc for reassurance since I cannot interpret how you are feeling ...Read more

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