Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

124 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Suddenly felt lightheaded, shaky, nausea and fast heartbeat. Is this the cause for concern?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Sundar Gnanavel

Psychiatrist

Practicing since :2009

Answered : 632 Questions

default
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2013 in Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
Question: Today while I was at work it was about midday when all of a sudden my heart was beating very fast my hands and legs became very shaky I was lightheaded and had a wave of nausea. I wasn't doing anything different then normal. I had to sit down and take XXXXXXX breaths. I had something to eat after and felt a little better. No previous medical history.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Sundar Gnanavel 44 minutes later
Hello.......
Thanks for your query. Based on your history-the various possibilities include hypoglycemic attack, hypotension (low blood pressure) or panic attack (an anxiety state). Considering that after food you felt better, my advise would be not to skip meals particularly breakfast. Panic attacks can also manifest this way though unless these attacks repeat themself i would not suggest you undergo a psychiatric evaluation. I suggest that you check your blood pressure on three consecutive days, check your blood glucose fasting and after food so that we get better clarity into your symptoms. There is nothing to worry. Wish you good health.
Regards
Dr Sundar
Neuro-psychiatrist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,   ,  
Lab Tests

Recent questions on  Anxiety

doctor1 MD

good morning would like to know i have high blodd pressure usually 145/85..but it drastically change for severaldays to 160/101 at 11pm last night then around 1am it was 170/105 what should i do should i worry go to dr or hospital.i know i feel my heart beat fast tired and also both of my legs numb like bad circulation problem..

doctor1 MD

most nights i seem to have a problem sleeping as my heart seems to be beating too fast and once ive set my mind on it it doesn t stop. to begin with i had panic attacks as i smoke marajuana and im quite a stressed individual but now my chest hurts regularly, and when i try fall asleep at night i ll be woken up all of a sudden struggling for breath. even after a walk or just going out with some friends my heart starts to pound, i m really really worried, if i know i can t die because of it i d be so much more relaxed but i m sure it s something more than a panic attack.

doctor1 MD

my heart is pounding really hard. it s been doing it for about two days now. i have had panic attacks, it doesn t feel like a panic attack. it s kind of scaring me. should i go to the hospital or is it more than likely just a new kind of panic attack that i haven t experienced yet?

doctor1 MD

I have been having a tightness in my chest and a feeling of heaviness for about 2 hours now. It also feels a little tight in my throat and I feel as though I cannot get as much air in my lunges as usual. This has happened to me before and last time was a few weeks ago when I was on holiday... could this be something to do with the heat? Just before the feeling came on I was eating chocolates - I m wonder if this has affected my sugar levels or blood pressure perhaps. I am trying not to panic as I am wondering is this a panic attack without me realising its one?? Thank you for reading, hope you can help . Sara

doctor1 MD

Hi. I am a bit concerned about the dose of lorazepam that i take. 1mg split in 0.5 morning and evening. It's been 1 month since i started this treatment, along with 10 mg of Cipralex . My psychiatrist said to stay another month on lorazepam due to...

doctor1 MD

I have fluttering in My upper stomach while sitting. Don't notice while standing. It appears worse when I breath out. Does not hurt just flutters

doctor1 MD

I just got a recall back from a mammogram app. I'm very scared, what could it be if not cancer?