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Smoking addiction, have low heart rate, slow heart beats on standing with diminished hearing. Cause?

Sometimes I can feel my heart stop and start to be really slowly, before it starts up again. What could this be? I haven t seen a doctor about this before. Once, when standing up, my heart started beating really slowly, and I couldn t see or hear anything for a 5-10seconds (this happened about 2-3 years ago). About 5 minutes ago, I noticed my heart racing (for about 10 seconds), then slowing down to a normal beat (again, for about 10 seconds), then start racing again.. until it went back to normal. I am 21yo, female, not overweight in the slightest. However, I do smoke (only about 5 a day, for the past year).
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Dear patient,

The most important thing you can do for your health: quit smoking! Tobacco is a stimulant substance, and it can precipitate abnormal rhythms of the heart (mostly coming from the upper chambers) which is probably what you have experienced. If the episodes are frequent, an ambulatory Holter monitor could be diagnostic of the situation. You should consult a provider to see if this could be arranged for you.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN

Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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