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Rapid pulse rte, tightness in chest. Taken several illegal drugs. Abnormal ECG. Treatment?

my son is 22yrs old and went to A&E last week with extreme rapid heart beat and tightenings in the chest with some pain,the ECG was going crazy and then it stopped and I was sent home,But since then my sons heart rate is extremely fast and I m worried as he has taken ,over the years,alarge number of ellegal drugs.Please could you advise me on what he should do.Thank you
Asked On : Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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In the normal heart , the 'electrical current' originates from a certain part of the heart then travels along a specific pathway to stimulate the rest of the heart. Abnormal rhythms occur if there are problems where the 'current' arises, if the stimulation arises from another part of the heart, if there are any areas of enlargement or any other abnormalities of the heart, if the 'current' travels along another pathway or there is blockage of the normal pathway.
He should consider visiting his doctor for a review, he or she may suggest a repeat ECG. If this does not show anything then a holter may be done.
A holter is basically a 24hr ECG.

Further investigations may be suggested based on the results

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Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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