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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi , i have this worring problem. when im alone and its quite i can hear my heartbeat in my head pounding loudly. my pulse rate is usually about 58 to 62 beats per min i cycle alot and do quite a bit uphill cycling , am i ok. i am female age 39
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   hi
Doctor :   Since when are you having this complaint?
User :   abougt three or four year , but ive also had it it in episodes when i was younger , i feel well
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   have you done any tests for it?
User :   no , but ive had my cholosterol checked over and its 4.8
Doctor :   Are you on any medications?
User :   nothing
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   When did you measure you pulse?
User :   when i cycle i dont feel any pressure on exhertion and recover quite quickly and im never breathless
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   quite regularly
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms?
User :   no
Doctor :   like sweating, blurring of vision, etc?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any past history of increased BP?
User :   no
Doctor :   Thyroid diseases?
User :   no
Doctor :   Diabetes?
User :   no
Doctor :   when was the last time you checked your blood iron( Hb)?
User :   i donate regularly, so i dont think i have an iron problem
User :   however i am vegetarian
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   maybes lacking something
Doctor :   May it is iron.
Doctor :   Get a Hb test done, just to rule out/confirm
Doctor :   iron deficiency.
User :   would the blood donation not pik it up
Doctor :   It usually does.
Doctor :   do you have any complaints of heavy flow during periods?
User :   no normal
Doctor :   From what you have said, heart pounding is probably due to Anxiety.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The normal pulse in around 60 to 100.
User :   is mine ok for my age
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   If your facing it for long time.
User :   ok
Doctor :   get a cardiac check up done.
User :   ok
Doctor :   like a ECG.
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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