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Smoked marijuana, felt lightheaded, clammy, cold and racing pulse. Is it tachycardia?

About two weeks back I had smoked marijuana and felt really lightheaded, clammy, cold, racing pulse . and since then Ive experienced really faint lightheadedness from time to time. Well, Tuesday evening right after dinner, my heart began racing at an extremely fast speed. I went to the ER and they performed blood tests, an ekg , and gave me saline . They told me that the bloodwork came back fine, and the heartwork did as well. They said it was palpatations (irregular heartbeat). They said to follow up with my doctor and to get a holter monitor just to be safe. Can you tell me if this is life threatening or is this tachycardia and will it ever go away?
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Since your blood investigations and cardiac evaluation have come normal, it doesn't appear that your symptoms are indicative of a serious medical problem. Now, Marijuana (Cannabis) is well known to trigger or worsen anxiety problems. Many of your symptoms are commonly seen in anxiety disorders, and so it is possible that your problem is predominantly anxiety-related.

So, I think you don't have to worry too much about your symptoms. Do follow up with your doctor for further investigations as advised. In case, all investigations are normal, and your symptoms are still persistent, then you may need to seek professional help to deal with your symptoms.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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