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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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

Very unlikely at: Your young age unless there were other major comirbidities. ...Read more

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Burning/pinching sensation on the left side of my chest front/back (under scapula) for a few weeks w/tachycardia and palpitations. Cardiovascular?

Burning/pinching sensation on the left side of my chest front/back (under scapula) for a few weeks w/tachycardia and palpitations. Cardiovascular?

Unlikely: It is highly unlikely that the chest/back sensation you describe is from the heart - under rare conditions, an arrhythmia (with rapid heart rate) or a pulmonary embolus (blood clot to lung) can start this way. Best to talk with a doctor to ensure nothing more serious is the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Am 19. I've read stories of ventricular tachycardia and sudden death and am worried every time I have heart palpitations. Reassurance would be great?

Am 19. I've read stories of ventricular tachycardia and sudden death and am worried every time I have heart palpitations. Reassurance would be great?

Relax: We all have occasional extra heart beats. If you have a structurally normal heart (no weakening of the muscle) and no other familial risk factors (Long QT, ARVD, Cardiomyopathy, etc.) then you really don't have anything to worry about. Ask your doctor to get an EKG and or a 24 hour monitor. A physical exam should be sufficient but if you need more reassurance an ECHO would be beneficial. ...Read more

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How can high dose ritalin (methylphenidate) effect the heart long term? I no longer take it but have daily tachycardia and frequent palpitations and lightheadedness.

How can high dose ritalin (methylphenidate) effect the heart long term? I no longer take it but have daily tachycardia and frequent palpitations and lightheadedness.

No effect.: Ritalin (methylphenidate) affect is essentially cleared in less than 24 hours, depend in dose and extended release forms. Your symptoms are more suggestive of anxiety or panic attacks, but you should see a doctor to evaluate for other causes such as cardiac arhthmythia, anemia, hyperactive thyroid. ...Read more

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Hello. I had VATS and pleurodesis before 15 days for spontaneous pneumothorax. I feel better now. But since 2 days I had mild coughing. In biopsy underlying Koch's found. So now I am on AKT. Sometimes I felt palpitation with tachycardia. Plz reply soon.

Hello. I had VATS and pleurodesis before 15 days for spontaneous pneumothorax. I feel better now. But since 2 days I had mild coughing. In biopsy underlying Koch's found. So now I am on AKT. Sometimes I felt palpitation with tachycardia. Plz reply soon.

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Could obesity itself cause constant tachycardia (fast heart rate, even resting), heart flutters, and palpitations?

Could obesity itself cause constant tachycardia (fast heart rate, even resting), heart flutters, and palpitations?

No: Other things cause increase in heart rate. obesity alone does not. Food that contain caffeine, diet supplements, stress, anxiety all can cause increase in heart rate. Hormonal imbalance can also be a cause. ...Read more

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I ve ovarian cysts 7yrs ago. Now lm having palpitations n tachycardia, malaise for de past 5mths. Dr suggest hyperthyroidism can it be the cause?

I ve ovarian cysts 7yrs ago. Now lm having palpitations n tachycardia, malaise for de past 5mths. Dr suggest hyperthyroidism can it be the cause?

Hyperthyroidism: Yes, hyperthyroidism can certainly be the cause of your symptoms. You need to follow up with your doctor to make the diagnosis and get treatment, and hyperthyroidism untreated can cause severe problems. ...Read more

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Significant palpitations. Had EKG, read as sinus tachycardia at 170 bpm. What can this be? 26 years old; no caffeine, drugs, etc. All normal labs

Significant palpitations. Had EKG, read as sinus tachycardia at 170 bpm. What can this be? 26 years old; no caffeine, drugs, etc. All normal labs

Unlikely: I doubt you really have sinus tachycardia at 170. Although it's possible, I suspect this is a supraventricular tachycardia. EKG computers frequently misread this rhythm. Your EKG needs to be seen by a card-carrying cardiologist. While we're at it, you do too! ...Read more

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Can prednisone induce palpitations/tachycardia? My doc says no but I've been suffring from both since I started Pred. Exams revealed nothing wrong.

Can prednisone induce palpitations/tachycardia? My doc says no but I've been suffring from both since I started Pred. Exams revealed nothing wrong.

No: Prednisone should not induce tachycardia but rather commonly causes anxiety or feelings of restlessness that may make you feel like you are experiencing palpitations. This is supported by the fact that your exam was normal.

Prednisone has many side effects and benefits, some occur acutely and others with chronic use. Ask your doctor regarding proper management! ...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