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What does rapid, irregular heart beats mean?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
13 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It could be nothing serious, or it could be an arrythmia where your heart is not beating as it should and not delivering enough oxygen to your brain and the rest of your body.
At any rate you should visit your doctor so the appropriate tests can be done to figure it out for you. If you feel dizzy or fain you should go to the emergency room.

In brief: Depends

It could be nothing serious, or it could be an arrythmia where your heart is not beating as it should and not delivering enough oxygen to your brain and the rest of your body.
At any rate you should visit your doctor so the appropriate tests can be done to figure it out for you. If you feel dizzy or fain you should go to the emergency room.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Heart rhythm problem

Tachycardia means fast heart rate.
Irregular heart rhythm means heart beats are occurring irregularly. These are specific and not the same as the 'sensation' that your heart is going fast or irregularly. If the heart beat is, in fact, rapid and irregular as documented by an electrocardiogram (ekg), then there are a number of possibilities; most common in this category is 'atrial fibrillation'.

In brief: Heart rhythm problem

Tachycardia means fast heart rate.
Irregular heart rhythm means heart beats are occurring irregularly. These are specific and not the same as the 'sensation' that your heart is going fast or irregularly. If the heart beat is, in fact, rapid and irregular as documented by an electrocardiogram (ekg), then there are a number of possibilities; most common in this category is 'atrial fibrillation'.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
7 doctors agree

In brief: Atrial fibrillation

This is a common rhythm abnormality of the heart- irregularly rapid rate.
Can most often be controlled with medications. You may have to check thyroid function as well.

In brief: Atrial fibrillation

This is a common rhythm abnormality of the heart- irregularly rapid rate.
Can most often be controlled with medications. You may have to check thyroid function as well.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It's a symptom that really frightens people.
Sometimes its as simple as too much coffee and not enough sleep, but can also mean there is something up with your body chemicals or your heart's electrical system. Don't drive yourself nuts. Get it checked out. Do so immediately if you also have shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting &/or unexplained sweating.

In brief: Depends

It's a symptom that really frightens people.
Sometimes its as simple as too much coffee and not enough sleep, but can also mean there is something up with your body chemicals or your heart's electrical system. Don't drive yourself nuts. Get it checked out. Do so immediately if you also have shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting &/or unexplained sweating.
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Rodney Samaan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly afib

Depends on age and if you have hypertension but if yes for these 2 then more likely afib.
If younger could be afib but could also be an svt.

In brief: Possibly afib

Depends on age and if you have hypertension but if yes for these 2 then more likely afib.
If younger could be afib but could also be an svt.
Dr. Rodney Samaan
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Dr. David Liu
afib is atrial fibrillation, or atria (the top chambers of the heart) beating faster and not in synch with the ventricles (lower parts of the heart). svt is supraventricular tachycardia, which means that the fast beats are coming at or above the atrioventricular node. to diagnosis either, you need an event monitor. see your primary care provider.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Tachycardia

Numerous arrythmias potential.
Would seek medical attention. Electrocardiograph while occurring has great diagnostic capability.

In brief: Tachycardia

Numerous arrythmias potential.
Would seek medical attention. Electrocardiograph while occurring has great diagnostic capability.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
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Dr. Kyauna Miller
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: May be serious

Hi br00ke18. A racing heart or irregular heart beats can be a signs of an "arrhythmia" or abnormal pattern of heart's ability to beat properly.
Some arrhythmias are common and fairly benign, others can lead to problems with blood flow, energy, and your breathing. I recommend you see your doctor soon to determine what may be happening with your heart.

In brief: May be serious

Hi br00ke18. A racing heart or irregular heart beats can be a signs of an "arrhythmia" or abnormal pattern of heart's ability to beat properly.
Some arrhythmias are common and fairly benign, others can lead to problems with blood flow, energy, and your breathing. I recommend you see your doctor soon to determine what may be happening with your heart.
Dr. Kyauna Miller
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Dr. Julie Holmon
Yes, please see a doctor for these symptoms.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You need to see

your doctor and be checked to see what the arrhythmia is and depending on the arrhythmia it may need treatment.

In brief: You need to see

your doctor and be checked to see what the arrhythmia is and depending on the arrhythmia it may need treatment.
Dr. Diane Minich
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