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Dr. Corey Clay
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...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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If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

Yes. : All heart disease is not created equal, however. Generally, when we talk about heart disease we are speaking if coronary artery disease, which at your tender years, you don't have. You could have a congenital cardiomyopathy or a viral cardiomyopathy of myopathy based on essential hypertension. An enlarged heart and high blood pressure is "heart disease". Talk with your cardiologist for clarifying. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a sudden dizzy spell preceded by a euphoric feeling. Not taking any meds and have normal BP, no heart disease etc. ?

What could be the cause of a sudden dizzy spell preceded by a euphoric feeling. Not taking any meds and have normal BP, no heart disease etc. ?

Dizzy euphoria: At 52 would follow up with doc today check for carotid disease , cerebrovascular disease (MRI/MRA) cardiac disease, labyrinthitis , also consider shingle versus herpetic infection nor lyme. ...Read more

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What would cause me to have heart pounding and fluttering accompanied by a cough that comes in spells of about 30-45 minutes?

What would cause me to have heart pounding and fluttering accompanied by a cough that comes in spells of about 30-45 minutes?

Irregular heart beat: You most likely have irregular heart beat, called atrial fibrillation. You need to see your primary care doctor or cardiologist and have holter monitor placed on to check your heart rhythm . Also get your thyroid functions checked. ...Read more

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Why does having a hole in the heart cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Why does having a hole in the heart cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Hole in the heart: Because the heart cannot work as well if there is a hole in it. What makes you ask the question? Surelty the doctor who is caring for you has discussed hole in the heart with you. If you are asking on behalf of a friend or family member please tell the above info. ...Read more

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My heart often 'flutters' or skips a beat which can take my breath away. Plus i get dizzy spells. Ecg normal. Heart conditions in family

My heart often 'flutters' or skips a beat which can take my breath away.   Plus i get dizzy spells.  Ecg normal. Heart conditions in family

Holter monitor?: Various rhythm abnormalities can give these symptoms, but most common is premature beats (apcs or pvcs, depending where in heart the beats arise). They usually are benign, requiring no treatment unless frequent/intolerable symptoms. Ecg only detects this if it happens at exactly the time the tracing is taken. Monitors can be worn for longer periods to make a diagnosis. Unlikely to be familial. ...Read more

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I have palpitation, shortness of breath and heart sinking feeling at times. My BP is generally low. What could it be ?

Premature beats: A sinking feeling is commonly felt by persons who have extrasystoles (premature beats). In general, it's healthy to have a relatively low blood pressure (for example, a systolic blood pressure as low as 100), so long as it does not fall further when one stands up and provided one doesn't feel dizzy with a low blood pressure. The shortness of breath and palpitations merit a careful medical exam. ...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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My heart beat fast sometimes and it may last for few hours I have normal health history. Symptoms are tremor nearly fainting and shortness of breath?

My heart beat fast sometimes and it may last for few hours I have normal health history. Symptoms are tremor nearly fainting and shortness of breath?

Need to be seen : Despite a lack of current medical problems there are more serious issues that could arise that would give those symptoms. One possibility is a thyroid gland that is overactive or a cardiac rhythm abnormality. To make determination lab testing and examination needs to be done. This should be done immediately considering the seriousness of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes these recurrent syndromes? I get sudden panic, somnolence, weakness and diarrhoea. They last an hour or so.

What causes these recurrent syndromes? I get sudden panic, somnolence, weakness and diarrhoea. They last an hour or so.

It is unclear from: What you are sharing. Although it could be psychological and related to an earlier illness and anxiety about it recurring, i would recommend a full physical evaluation to rule out a medical explanation before assuming it is just psychological in origin. If there is not a medical reason work with a psychologist to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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What can cause the feeling of rapid heart rate (not going over 100) and a adrenaline (nervous/excited) feeling in chest and abdomen? Not anxious!

What can cause the feeling of rapid heart rate (not going over 100) and a adrenaline (nervous/excited) feeling in chest and abdomen? Not anxious!

Nervous/anxious: You can't have it both ways. You cannot be "nervous/excited" and not be anxious. Two options: Contact your doctor. Consult a Psychologist - they are experts on anxiety. ...Read more

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How high does epinephrine have to be to be considered a pheochromocytoma? Also, I have attacks multiple times a night (every night) with heart rates as high as 174bpm. Used to have episodes of nausea, sweating(have to redo makeup), pounding heart, weak le

How high does epinephrine have to be to be considered a pheochromocytoma? Also, I have attacks multiple times a night (every night) with heart rates as high as 174bpm. Used to have episodes of nausea, sweating(have to redo makeup), pounding heart, weak le

Symptom suggest pheo: Complaints are tPlasma Catecholamines (measured by HPLC) Norepinephrine (80-498 icograms/milliliter) Epinephrine (4-83 picograms/milliliter) . Plasma Free Metanephrines (measured by HPLC) Normetanephrine (18-112 picograms/milliliter) Metanephrine (12-61 picograms/milliliter) Above are levels that should have been determined for you by blood and then urine tests and then localizing adrenal scan ...Read more

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Im 24 and I have a heart rate of 96 resting also suffer a lot with palpitations and dizziness is there anything to worry about?

Im 24 and I have a heart rate of  96 resting also suffer a lot with palpitations and dizziness is there anything to worry about?

See your doctor: You should visit your doctor. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, possibly run some tests and find out what's going on. ...Read more

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Can dysautomonia cause panic attack like symptoms with high heart rate (up to 185bpm)? If so, why does this occur?

Can dysautomonia cause panic attack like symptoms with high heart rate (up to 185bpm)? If so, why does this occur?

Autonomic: Dysfunction can cause rapid heart rates, which in some persons will precipitate a panic attack, as it's easy to fixate on the sensation of a racing heart rate/palpitations. ...Read more

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What can constant dizziness be from? I had an ekg, bp, and vitamin deficiency tests, all normal. It's a faint feeling and sometimes a sudden spinning.

What can constant dizziness be from? I had an ekg, bp, and vitamin deficiency tests, all normal. It's a faint feeling and sometimes a sudden spinning.

Vertigo?: Dizziness associated with the sensation of spinning generally is referred to as vertigo. Vertigo is divided into central vertigo and peripheral vertigo. A common cause of peripheral vertigo is inner ear infection, which is usually viral and self-limited. Central vertigo can be more complex, including serous problems like brain tumors. Some medications cause vertigo. ...Read more

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Low heart rate 47-57 at rest. Have some spells of dizziness and balance. What should I do?

Low heart rate 47-57 at rest. Have some spells of dizziness and balance. What should I do?

See your doctor: If you are wondering if your heart is causing your dizziness, you would need to know your blood pressure and your heart rate while you are in various body positions. Other questions include do you have chest pain or shortness of breath and what is your normal heart rate and blood pressure? I recommend that you see your doctor to address your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


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