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Random episodes of high pulse rate, occurs even at rest. Causes for irregular pulse?

I was just sitting down and my heart just randomly started beating really fast. This has never happened before, but sometimes I can feel my heart pound really hard and I can sort of feel it all throughout my body, it s like a beat throughout my whole body. What is this? I am very athletic and play tennis in college so I m not out of shape at all
Asked On : Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Rapid, pounding heart beat is called palpitations, and can be seen in a variety of conditions. Some of the common conditions causing palpitations are anxiety disorders, anaemia, thyroid problems, substances like caffeine, alcohol, etc. as well as heart problems. If you are having frequent such episodes, then you need to have a proper evaluation done to ascertain the cause. So, I would advise you to consult your GP for thorough physical examination and further investigations.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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