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Palpitations, shortness of breath after quitting smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi this is Dr XXX
how may i help you today?
User :   hello
User :   i hope you could.
User :   just briefly, i was recently diagnosed with ventircular tachicardia showing from a 1-week ECG appliance test. i quit smoking nearly 3 months ago and wonder if and how is the tachicardia related
Doctor :   smoking contains nicotine, and it can increase the heart rate. to some extent.
Doctor :   BUt its very rare to see Ventricular tachycardia with smoking.
User :   sure, but the symptoms manifested after i quit
User :   i never had palpitations or any heart issue while smoking
Doctor :   may i know your age, gender, height, weight ?
User :   i am 37, 1.74 m, 68 kg, male
Doctor :   may i also know the symptoms you developed his time around?
User :   palpitations that are on and off, something like shortness of breath when i try to take very deep breaths
User :   also, catarrh
User :   my blood pressure and pulse are all within norm though
Doctor :   VT - can be caused by a variety of medical causes including diseases like COPD, heart diseases etc.
Doctor :   Have your EKG, HOLTER MONITORING , ECHO been done?
User :   neither of which has been proven in my case. how likely is it for ventricular tachicardia to manifest as a result of quitting of smoking
Doctor :   very rare to see VT after quitting smoking
User :   i have had ECG done 3 times, twice individual tests that showed nothing, and once - a 1-week test where i had to wear an ECG appliance
Doctor :   what about holter / echo ?
User :   none of those i have had done so far
Doctor :   So far all the tests have been negative.
Doctor :   Is that right ?
User :   yes, indeed
Doctor :   Do you have any symptoms like palpitations , dizziness , etc right now ?
User :   not at the moment but i used to have them a month after i quit smoking
Doctor :   Are you on any medications ?
User :   no
Doctor :   I think those were not related to smoking .
User :   i see
Doctor :   SO now you are absolutely healthy without any symptoms at all. is that right ?
User :   i currently suffer from a cold and rhinitis but have no palpitations
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   your current cold, will subside by itself within a few days or else try some claritin available in the pharmacy
User :   ok, thank you for the advice.
Doctor :   IF it is very severe, then i suggest you see your physician for a physical examination and antibiotics if needed.
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me, bye for now.
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