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Sudden rapid heart rate with hot feeling at top of head, fainting, passed out. Suffer high BP, diabetic. What to do ?

MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH SUDDEN RAPID HEART RATE ALONG WITH THE TOP OF HIS HEAD FEELS HOT AND HE ALSO FEEL FAINT AND SOMETIMES PASSES OUT. HE CAN BE DOING NORNAL ACTIVIES WALKING, PICKING UP LIGHT OBJECTS ETC. HE DOES HAVE HIGH BLODD PRESSURE AND IS A DIABETIC BUT MOST OF THE TIME THESE NUMBERS ARE WITHIN NORMAL RANGES CONTROLED BY MEDS
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Normally when the heart beats, a signal starts at a particular point of the heart then travels along a certain pathway to stimulate the rest of the heart.
Abnormal beats such as palpitations can occur under different circumstances: if the 'signal' arises from a different part of the heart, if it arises from the same part but at a different rhymth, if there is blockage along the normal pathway, if the signal travels along a different path, if there is any enlargement of any aspect of the heart.

With a history of diabetes or hypertension, it would important to be assessed to rule out any problems. Assessment would involve blood tests to check for anemia , thyroid function as both of these can cause palpitations.
An ECG is also called for.

I hope this helps,
Answered: Thu, 7 Feb 2013
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