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fast heartbeat - April 3rd 2009, 06:31 PM

So i'm not worried, just curious really. The last week or so, i've had a really fast heart beat. As in...I can hear it thudding, feel really out of breath even when i'm sitting down, and feel generally drained.

It happens everynow and again. What causes it?


   
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Re: fast heartbeat - April 3rd 2009, 06:38 PM

It could be several things, honestly, from panic attacks/high stress levels, to tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat), to high blood pressure, etc. Your best bet is that if you continue to have these spells, make an appointment with your doctor.

Try to keep a journal of when it happens, what you were doing/feeling beforehand, how long it lasts, etc. This will help you and your doctor later on.


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Re: fast heartbeat - April 3rd 2009, 08:44 PM

If you drink caffeine it can also give you fast heartbeats.


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Re: fast heartbeat - April 4th 2009, 10:16 PM

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It could be several things, honestly, from panic attacks/high stress levels, to tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat), to high blood pressure, etc. Your best bet is that if you continue to have these spells, make an appointment with your doctor.

Try to keep a journal of when it happens, what you were doing/feeling beforehand, how long it lasts, etc. This will help you and your doctor later on.

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Keeping a record of what you are doing, what you ate, and when your heart rate increases will give you a better idea of what might be causing it. Tell your parents just to let them know what is going on. Perhaps your family has a genetic explanation for this. If this continues, I would seek medical attention immediately. It's better to be safe.

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Re: fast heartbeat - April 5th 2009, 12:21 AM

If you experience any of the following symptoms during one of your spells then seek emergency medical care immediately.

Dangerous symptoms include:
Dizziness
Light headiness
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Chest pressure or heaviness
Fainting
Pain in the arms, jaws, or neck
Occurring often
Lasting longer than a few minutes and with symptoms.
6 or more extra beats per minute.
Beats come in runs of 3 or more.
Heart rate (pulse in the wrist) more than a 100 beats per minute without any activity, fever, or drugs (normal heart beat is 60-100 beats per minute)

Common causes of heart palpitations include:

Anxiety
Stress
Exercise
Caffeine
Nicotine
Fever
Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause
Certain medications, such as pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in some cold and allergy medicines
Often the cause of heart palpitations can't be determined. However, occasionally, heart palpitations can be a sign of a serious, underlying problem such as hyperthyroidism or an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Arrhythmias may include very fast heart rates (tachycardia), unusually slow heart rates (bradycardia) or an irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation).

Keeping a record of then the palpitations occur, possible triggers, and how long they last can help your doctor get to the bottom of what is causing them. I would defiantly recommend seeing a doctor if this continues. Until then try and take it easy.

sources:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hea...ations/AN01064
http://www.ecureme.com/emyhealth/dat..._Heartbeat.asp



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