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Cardiology _ Palpitations, is this normal or bad practice ?

HI I have suffered from Palpitations on and off for many years ( I remember them from the age of 8 and I am now 32) but recently decided to contact my local GP (again) to raise my concerns, she eventually agreed to put me on a 24 monitor. I believed that I went the full 24 hours without an episode. I was surprised to find that indeed a fast trace then a gap then a slow trace had been recorded - although my GP did advise the rythm was normal indicating the heart was performing normally. She then asked me if would like to be referred to a cardiologist or not ? I was shocked by this question and wondered if this was common practice that I would be the deciding factor being I have no medical training, if not would you suggest I demand another doctor? or am i being melodramatic ? PS I have also been told be the same Doctor that my heart rate is a bit high at 144/96 but to arrange another appointment for two months time and get it checked again. Again, is this normal or bad practice ?
Asked On : Tue, 9 Mar 2010
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  Anonymous's Response

Hi, first of all I hope that you are aware about the fact that palpitations occur in normal people too but here it is almost always caused by a concentration on the beating of one's heart, especially during exertion, exercise or certain drugs. In your case it is difficult to say whether the palpitation is due to an underlying disease or not. Your GP is right about the heart rate, it is heigh. The rhythm needs to be evaluated by an expert at heart diseases


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