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I have an irregular heart beat i had a severe COPD attack 2 weeks ago which i eneded up in the hospital.....Yesterday i went to the doctor for a follow up and the doctor noticed that i had a irregular heart beat (as high as 141 bpms) so she ordered a ekg

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Caffeine

Caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure a bit, but nowhere near as high as you've indicated.
A heart rate of 141 and "skipped beats" sounds to me like new onset atrial fibrillation, which in turn could represent a small heart attack or other injury to your heart that happened during your COPD attack. It would be important to have this problem addressed, since atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots to form in the heart and these can then cause strokes. Also, it will be important to evaluate whether in fact you did have a heart attack, because that might predict more in the future. A. Fib can often be eliminated with medications or a procedure called cardioversion. If not, then you should probably be on a blood thinner.

In brief: Caffeine

Caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure a bit, but nowhere near as high as you've indicated.
A heart rate of 141 and "skipped beats" sounds to me like new onset atrial fibrillation, which in turn could represent a small heart attack or other injury to your heart that happened during your COPD attack. It would be important to have this problem addressed, since atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots to form in the heart and these can then cause strokes. Also, it will be important to evaluate whether in fact you did have a heart attack, because that might predict more in the future. A. Fib can often be eliminated with medications or a procedure called cardioversion. If not, then you should probably be on a blood thinner.
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Dr. Humberto Vidaillet
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

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It is hard to know what kind of 'irregular heart beat' you have.
If the rate was truly at 141 BPM (and that was more than a few beats), chances are it is a pathological cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter or multifocal atrial tachycardia. It is possible but unlikely that it is just sinus (normal) tachycardia but to drinking tea unless you were taking very large amounts or you COPD is severe.

In brief: It

It is hard to know what kind of 'irregular heart beat' you have.
If the rate was truly at 141 BPM (and that was more than a few beats), chances are it is a pathological cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter or multifocal atrial tachycardia. It is possible but unlikely that it is just sinus (normal) tachycardia but to drinking tea unless you were taking very large amounts or you COPD is severe.
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