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Sudden rapid heart beats while travelling, under stress, breathlessness, discomfort. Causes?

Hello... I have been experiencing a phenomenon that sometimes my heart beats rapidly for about 2 to 3 or 4 beats and goes back to normal. usually happens when im traveling or under a bit of stress , but my heart rate is normal at that time...its suddenly races for 3 beats or so and stops again leaving me uncomfortable and a bit breathless .
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
The phenomenon you are trying to describe where in there is an irregular heart rate and where the heart beats rapidly for 2-4 beats and then becomes normal is actually called arrhythmia and is a very serious condition. But then what you are describing is a subjective sensation of such a phenomenon and also when under stress, not an actual ECG record. Hence what you are having is actually an anxiety symptom and nothing more. You can still confirm the same by getting an ECG done. Many times when under stress or anxiety symptoms, you have such a sensation and the best way to convince yourself is to see the pulse in wrist which will appear normally beating.
Hope I am able to solve your concerns,
have a nice day!
Answered: Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Khushnoodqadir,
Thanks for writing your query.

It will be helpful if you mention your age and if there is any history of heart disease in your family ?
Your symptoms though are indicating towards anxiety, still needs full medical checkup and investigation including ECG.

Doing yoga and daily mild exercise in fresh air will be helpful in treating anxiety. Avoid stress and have good sleep in the night. Whenever you feel stressed take 3-4 deep breaths, it will help in decreasing the anxiety. Always think positive as it will help you a lot.

If the problem persists, contact a physician for your full medical checkup.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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