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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: Irregular heartbeats etc, query

 Claire - Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:54 pm

I'm a 19 year old female student and i just had a few queries to make; i've been experiencing an irregular heart pattern recently, never accompanied by pain, but a very strange fluttering in my chest which is pretty unnerving. i've also been suffering a sharp pain in my chest ooccasionally, when i take a deep breath, although this is only on random occasion and not frequent or co-inciding. ive also been suffering from insomnia for years, which may be of no relation but i seem to experience the irregular heartbeat more during these periods.
my uncle suffers from arrhythmia, and i don't know if this is hereditary at all but i just wanted to ask, for my peace of mind or for advice. thank you!
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:53 pm

User avatar Dear Claire,

You have to be evaluated by a health care professional. i can not tell what kind of arrhythmia you have just from what you said.

Palpitations have various causes including:
1. An overactive thyroid gland.
2. Electrolytes disturbance.
3. Mitral valve prolapse.
4. Smoking.
5. Drinking alcohol.
6. Drinking too much caffeinated beverages.
7. Not getting enough sleep.
8. Stress.

i would recommend that you have:
1. Blood tests to rule out thyroid problems and electrolyte disturbances.
2. Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to rule out mitral valve prolapse.
3. A holter monitor (24 hours portable heart monitor) to see what is the exact type of arrhythmia and how long it lasts.

It is very important to stop drinking, smoking and stop drinking any kind of caffeinated beverages including pop. Try to get enough sleep and rest. These measures help a lot of patients get rid of their symptoms.

In young healthy individuals with no organic heart disease, extra beats are not treated as they pose no danger as was shown by a major clinical study.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.


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