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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. M. Hytham Beck
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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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Often I have tachycardia, chest pains and sigh a lot. is sighing connected to the palpitations?

Often I have tachycardia, chest pains and sigh a lot. is sighing connected to the palpitations?

Can be: The tachycardia could contribute to chest pains. The sighing could be due to your breathing trying to up its ventilation rate during the attack. Have you had a doctor check you out and run tests ...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?

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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Dx'd sinus tachycardia, harmless but I experience severe fatigue, lightheadedness, dizzy, palpitations, shortness of breath, while relaxed everyday.

Dx'd sinus tachycardia, harmless but I experience severe fatigue, lightheadedness, dizzy, palpitations, shortness of breath, while relaxed everyday.

Sinus tachycardia: Sinus tachycardia can cause symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, etc. Talk to your MD about your symptoms. Is your thyroid normal? Why are you on Plaquenil & Methotrexate? Consult with us to help you find the best plan for you. Don't forget diet choices can make you feel fatigue so eat a low inflammatory diet as well. ...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

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Had a cath ablation Thursday for AVNRT. Procedure stopped tachycardia, but I am now having near continuous palpitations. Happens as m I can stop them?

Had a cath ablation Thursday for AVNRT. Procedure stopped tachycardia, but I am now having near continuous palpitations. Happens as m I can stop them?

Palpitations after a: If you recently had the ablation, you should call your cardiologist right away. Even if the AVNRT is gone, you can develop other arrhythmias or complications from the procedure. ...Read more

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7 months post large pericardial effusion. Weaned offcolchine. Takingverapimel to control tachycardia palpitations. What can cause palp to start again?

See your MD: Your doctor can send you to cardiology to find out. The verapamil can slow down tachycardia and can block the common, regular pathway, but not alternative electrical pathways. Your cardiologist can find out. Also reconsider young lung medicine and either change or adjust dose especially of albuterol if you find it may be doing it. ...Read more

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What drugs are best for treating sympathetic storming(palpitation, tachycardia, BP attacks) brought on by cold, stress,etc? Gabapentin? Alphas, betas?

What drugs are best for treating sympathetic storming(palpitation, tachycardia, BP attacks) brought on by cold, stress,etc? Gabapentin? Alphas, betas?

Sympathetic system: I suggest you start with a good history and physical exam before attempting any form of drug therapy ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Pounding Heart (Pulse) (Definition)

Pounding heartbeat is a symptom in which a person senses that his heart is beating very strongly, such as during exercising. Pounding heartbeat, without other chest or heart symptoms, can be normal if it happens only during exercise. Otherwise, a medical problem may be the cause. ...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