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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, my friends daughter has been diagnosed with tachycardia. She is only 1 month old. She stayed one week in the hospital. No one knows what to do, she might be released the next week. Are there anything they should do at home to prevent her heart beat of going fast                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   may I know her age?
User :   5 weeks
Doctor :   Ok, first you must know that only Tachycardia is not a diagnosis
Doctor :   it is just a finding
Doctor :   on clinical examination
User :   yes
Doctor :   Anybody can develop Tachycardia
Doctor :   It happens to all many times
Doctor :   It means faster beating heart
Doctor :   When we exercise, during exitement, sexual intercourse etc
User :   you mean it is normal?
Doctor :   There is nothing as such that can be done to avoid
Doctor :   a babies heart from beating fast, at home
User :   what might cause a baby heart to beat fast?
Doctor :   It can be due to disease too, all I am saying is that
Doctor :   what you have provided as diagnosis
Doctor :   is not exactly a diagnosis
User :   no one could diagnose it and know the cause
Doctor :   There are many causes for a baby heart to beat fast
User :   the baby is still at the CHEO (children's hospital of Eastern Ontario)
User :   yes, may I know some of the causes?
Doctor :   Diseases of the heart itself, endocrine disturbances, infections,
Doctor :   diseases of the respiratory system, etc
Doctor :   They would have diagnosed the cause by now
User :   she doesn't have any infection, and there is no apparent heart disease. Do you think that tests should be done to see a possibility of endocrine disturbances?
Doctor :   There is a huge list of causes of Tachycardia
User :   Ok, thanks for you support
Doctor :   one just cant
Doctor :   do all the tests
Doctor :   it must be decided
Doctor :   based on clinical
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