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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Racing Heart in Athlete

 abodie24 - Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:03 pm

I am a certified athletic trainer at a high school in Georgia and have a 17 year old, male, tri-sport athlete that has a condition that no cardiologist has been able to produce or detect on various test. There is no family history of rapid or irregular heart beats and the athlete is on no current medication. This athlete randomly gets a racing heart with beats over 140bpm and has very high blood pressure (>150/100). He has been seen by a cardiologist and has been cleared to participate in all sporting events. The cardiologist has told this athlete that when this occurs all he should do is lay down and wait approximately 5 minutes once it stops before returning to play. I am just wondering if anyone has seen any cases like this and if so is this a condition that should be closley monitored in fear of something bad happening.

Thank you for your time in looking at this situation!!!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:03 am

User avatar Hi abodie24,
I would be quite concerned over this childs symptoms. Generally speaking, in athletic persons, heart rate and blood pressures are typically lower than normal. In all honesty, in my opinion, advising one to just lay down and rest until symptoms subside, without determination of the causative factor is unwise. Have any other medical or psychological conditions, ie, diabetes, anxiety or panic attacks, etc., been ruled out? Are there any other symptoms, aside from the racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure? Has he been evaluated by a pediatric cardiology specialist?
Theresa Jones, RN

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