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Did I just have a heart attack ?

I'm 16 and not overweight or anything. I just finished eating some KFC and my heart started beating really fast and LOUD-you could see my whole chest moving up and down. This lasted for like 8-10 minutes and then iIt suddenly stopped and went back to normal. This freaked me out. Oh and also during this weird thing, i was dizzy and had to lay down. Anyone know what the hell that was?
Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Welcome to healthcaremagic, It was definitely not a heart attack. Such idiotic physical things happen to many people. As you are overweight, so your mind might have expressed it in this way. Don't worry see a Physician, get properly checked & treated by him. I hope he does not find any abnormakity in you.
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Thisis probably not a heart attack, it is more likely to be Supra Ventricular Tachychardia and is caused by an electrical imbalance in the heart, although don't rely on this as a diagnosis. I suggest you see your physician as early as possible and explain your symptoms to them and get checked out. If it happens again you should seek immediate medical advice as it sometimes requires expert treatment to bring the heart rate back down to normal. If the rapid heart rate does not return natrually to normal sinus rhythm like yours did your heart can mucsle can become tired, it is therfore important that you seek medical treatment ASAP if it happens again. A heart attack is when the heart muscle is starved of oxygen due to a blocked coronary artery. This results in part of the heart muscle dying and potentially cardiac arrest. The symptoms of heart attack are sweating profusely, severe pain in the chest radiating down the arm and maybe into the jaw. The symptoms you descibe and your age and general health mean it is very unlikely you have had a heart attack.
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