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Child have fast heartbeat, pain in hands. No medication till now. What to do for this?

My sons heart was racing last night , he also said he had experienced pins and needles in his hands. I looked at his hands and they were white and the colour was drained out of his face. I asked him if he had had this racing heart before and he said yes when he had thought about scary things. He is 12 yrs old and underweight and quite pale. Can you please help? Thanks Judith
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Feb 2013
Hi Judith,

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Racing heart is usually is associate with paleness due to scary things which will activate sympathetic system of the body leading to increased heart rate and paleness.

It is due to release of adrenaline from adrenal gland as a reaction to external stimuli which is know as fright or flight reaction.

It is a normal reflex and is seen in all people. But if he is getting them frequently he needs evaluation.

But any underlying heart rhythm abnormalities also to be ruled out by doing EKG, X-ray chest, and 2D Echo.

Therefore I advise you to consult your Pediatrician for the examination of his cardiovascular system to rule out any rhythm related problems by appropriate investigations.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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