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Inconsistent and Irregular heart beat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
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User :   I have had an inconsistant irregular heart beat for the past 2 days. It will beat at a normal pace for hours at a time then flutter randomly. Should i be concerned?
Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi
User :   Just concered about my heart lately
User :   I read about "Holiday Heart" on-line and was wondering if drinking on superbowl sunday had anything to do with this..
Doctor :   may i know your age , weight , height ?
User :   24, 5'8" 180lbs
Doctor :   ok
User :   No dizziness, or uncomfort feelings
User :   Hello?
Doctor :   based on the your readings, your BMI is about 25.5
User :   What is BMI?
Doctor :   body mass index
Doctor :   since you do not have any symptoms like dizziness, , u need not be worried
User :   What does that mean in regards to my issue?
Doctor :   do u have any chest pain , dyspnea etc ?
User :   Even though it has lasted a few days?
Doctor :   being overweight can cause such symptoms
User :   No chest pains
User :   I am concerened because it is happening a few times an hour
Doctor :   in that case , you may need to get a EKG
User :   I was thinking about going to an emergency clinic tonight
User :   What could it be?
Doctor :   there is no need to panic about
Doctor :   you may just need to get some blood tests including check for thyroid
Doctor :   this can be the cause of your palpiations
User :   thyroid?
User :   So I am ok to work for the next few hours?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   relax for about 30 min, taking deep breaths
User :   Ok will do
User :   Thank you for your help
Doctor :   u r welcome
User :   Would i be ok to wait until tomorrow to see if it goes away?
Doctor :   yes definitely
User :   How long do you think i could wait to see if it all passes w/o a trip to the dr
Doctor :   if you have symptoms like chest pain, or blackouts, or severe sweating, all these are signs of emergency
Doctor :   but since you do not have such issues u can wait even for 2 days
Doctor :   or even a week
User :   If any of these signs imurge i will go to the emergency room. Until then i will see if it passes
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   that is right
User :   Could it have anything to do with excessive drinking?
Doctor :   yes alcohol, can cause such symptoms as it increases the blood pressure and causes palpitations
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