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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Heart Palpations/episodes of heart racing

 WJ85 - Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:17 pm

For about the past three months I've been experiencing episodes of my heart racing (and beating very hard) they are very short...maybe just 4 or 5 seconds time. I've been reading on here about others experience and it does sound like mine. When it happens it beats so hard you can visibly just see it... Heres a few facts cause I read also some (maybe) causes for this... I drink a cup of coffee bout once a day and maybe three out seven days a week I'll drink 2 cups (doesn't sound excessive but maybe worth mentioning), I am a first year nursing student and work at a hospital as a nurse assistant (and both are stressful) and 22 years old female on no medications. But anytime I have an episode is when Im just sitting, very calm and then all of a sudden I can feel it just pounding. Once this past summer I was sitting in class and suddenly felt incredible pain (not the racing but just pain) in my chest and it was over in just a few seconds, I haven't felt the pain though since then. I'm adopted so I have no idea if heart problems/disease runs in my family. Again I did get some answers on here about the caffeine and stress factors but would still like a response to mine specifically. thanks for taking the time
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:28 pm

User avatar Hi there,

Palpatations can result from a change in rate, rhythm or volume of a person's pulse. Rhythm problems dominate the list of causes for this complaint. Some abnormal rhythms are harmless; however, more serious causes such as thyrotoxicosis and pheochromocytoma need to be ruled out.

While alcohol, exercise, stress and caffeine are specific triggers for arrhythmias, other causes need to be excluded.

I would strongly recommend you undergo an evaluation. Your doctor may recommend an EKG depending on his examination.

Good luck and keep this thread updated!

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