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Why do i get weired heartbeat and tingling sensation after i quitt smoking ?

hi im a 51 year old female, stopped smoking 6 months ago after kicking a 40 year habit, recently iv been getting a really weird sensation in my chest like a funny heart beat then right afterwards a tingling going through my body, its very scary and i keep thinking im going to have a heart attack or a stroke, what doyou think.This happens when im in bed trying to get to sleep.
Asked On : Fri, 24 Jun 2011
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Cardiologist, Interventional 's  Response
What you are feeling could be an extra heart beat, also called as an ectopic beat or an extra-systole. If it is happening frequently, it can be recorded by an ECG. If it happens only a few times a day, it needs a 24 hour Holter monitor to record it. At your age and with the long history of smoking, you need a complete cardiac evaluation including tests for BP, sugar, cholesterol, kidney function, hemoglobin, ECG, echo, chest x-ray and a treadmill test. There is still time to take preventive steps to avert major, dont worry.
Answered: Fri, 24 Jun 2011
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Psychiatrist Dr. Bhupinderjit Kaur Waraich's  Response
Yes, after a cardiology check up- if all is well, the symptoms could be of a panic attack- medications can help as well learning how to deal with a panic attack- relaxation exercises plus having a plan in mind to deal with the symptoms when they begin is adjunctive and helpful.
Answered: Mon, 27 Jun 2011
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Psychiatrist Dr. Susanta Padhy's  Response
Hi, Thanks for the question
Usually Nicotine withdrawal symptoms stops after few months of smoking cessation, sometimes it can cross 6 months. one of these symptom can be your symptoms.However, because you had 40 years history of smoking and you are now 51 years old, better to have a cardiology check-up. Nonetheless, sleep hygiene and dose anxiolytics with sedative property might help, on the contrary. But be careful to not to use these drugs frequently and for a long time. A psychiatrist consultation would be helpful, too. Wish you a good luck.
Answered: Fri, 24 Jun 2011
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