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Weird heart racing problems

What could this be? It only tends to happen when I have alot of stress on my heart. For example : I hardly got any sleep today, my dad got rushed to the hospital, my mom caused my anxiety to sky rocket etc. I went to lay down after talking to my dad in the hospital, and my heart started racing really fast, but I wasn t breathing hard or anything. Is this serious? Or only because of Anxiety? Please help, I m really worried.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Your heart racing problem( Heart beating fast-Tachycardia ) can be due to your anxiety and stress which also leads to sleeplesness. You need not worry much if it occurs only when you are in stress and anxiety. But if it persists even in normal condition, you need to take help of physician to know if suffer from any type of cardiac Dysrhythmia.


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This sounds like Paroxysmal Supra Ventricular Tachycardia - an irregularly fast heart rate that originates above the ventricles in the atria. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is episodic, with an abrupt onset and termination. Manifestations of SVT are quite variable; patients may be asymptomatic or they may present with minor palpitations or more severe symptoms. Anxiety can trigger episodes of PSVT, as well as stress, all of the events that you listed above probably initiated it. If it causes severe symptoms, a doctor might have to prescribe Beta Blockers to control the rate and also to help prevent future attacks. This is a very common disorder present in millions of Americans and is very rarely life threatening, the worst type is WPW, in which an alternate path leads to the ventricles which could cause an abnormal ventricular rhythm which could be dangerous. You should get an ECG done to rule this out, as the signature finding is an upslurred upstroke in the QRS complex.
Answered: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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