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What causes cough and rapid heart rate while traveling by flight?

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Posted on Thu, 30 Mar 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I am a 63 year old female in good health. Two things have been happening lately, 1) when I lay down to go to sleep on my left side, my heart start to beat funny and catches me in my throat and makes me cough...when I role to the right side it stops. 2) the same exact feeling and cough and heart beat is happening when I fly and I am at flying altitude.....my heart beats weird and makes me cough.

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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
This is an anxiety attack. Get some help...

Detailed Answer:
Hi ans thanks so much for contacting us.


I have reviewed your information fully and this is highly suggestive of a possible anxiety attacks. It has a clear provoking factor and circumstances. My advise would be to help with medications whenever you do have one. My preferred drug is clonazepam. Unfortunately, you need a script from your doctor before you can be served this drug.

In all, anxiety attack. Consider using Clonazepam. Talk to your treating doctor for a script.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.

Kind regards!
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 48 minutes later
Thank you, however I do not have any issues with anxiety, nor have I in the past. I fly constantly for work and love it, so I am not anxious about flying. This has been going on for 2 months now....only when I fly and I am at flying altitude, and when I go to bed and lay on my left side.....anxiety attacks are not consistently situational in nature. Can you focus on what could be wrong with my heart?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 11 hours later
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I strongly believe nothing is wrong with the heart but we can investigate!

Detailed Answer:
HI,

Though i strongly believe your heart is okay, I will like to do a baseline EKG. To me, this is more about reassuring that there is nothing wrong than identifying a specific problem. If it were a heart rhythm problem, this would be rather unpredictable and not associated with specific circumstances.

For this, I recommend that you get an EKG. It should also be done with you lying on the left side just to mimic the usual circumstances that you have issues with.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Keep me updated about your progress.
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