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I have leaky heart valve and anxiety

Hello, I have been getting palpitations all year after getting a virus in Turkey which made me ill for a few months. I have had my heart checked out and docs have said it is healthy apart from a leaky heart valve which is apparently verging on the norm. I have been told that I have anxiety and do agree as I am constantly worried, tense and nervous. I started taking fluexotine anti-depressant yesterday. The only worry I have still is that once every month I get a very sudden heart flutter, that feels like my heart plummets for a few seconds. I get this when I am not anxious and it makes me scared. Can you explain this please?
Asked On : Fri, 10 Dec 2010
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Abnormal heart beats arise from abnormal sites of heart. First thing we need to confirm whether the palpitation is normal or abnormal. Sinus tachycardia means the increased heart beat can arise from normal sites and cause of palpitations can be Anxiety. On the same token, I cannot assume the palpitations is Sinus tachycardia and from Anxiety.

So I recommend the Holter monitoring which monitors your heart rate for 24 hours and detects abnormal heart beats.

Also get the labs CBC, TSH.

Dr. Jagdish Regards,
Answered: Sat, 11 Dec 2010
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