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My 14 yr old son has rapid heart rate. It happens only periodically but really races when it does. Should I be concerned? He's healthy & active.

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Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

The most common causes of racing heart rate in children is stress/anxiety.
Also common is supraventricular tachycardia (svt) which is a racing heartbeat that starts suddenly, often with no obvious trigger. Other arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) are rare but occasionally occur. Dehydration, overexertion and many medications can also cause a racing heartbeat. A cardiologist can sort it out.

In brief: Possibly

The most common causes of racing heart rate in children is stress/anxiety.
Also common is supraventricular tachycardia (svt) which is a racing heartbeat that starts suddenly, often with no obvious trigger. Other arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) are rare but occasionally occur. Dehydration, overexertion and many medications can also cause a racing heartbeat. A cardiologist can sort it out.
Dr. Lars Erickson
Dr. Lars Erickson
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

It is probably a benign situation.
That said, you should have it checked out to be sure.

In brief: Yes and no

It is probably a benign situation.
That said, you should have it checked out to be sure.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Rodney Samaan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

He needs an echo and holter monitor to diagnise.

In brief: Yes

He needs an echo and holter monitor to diagnise.
Dr. Rodney Samaan
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