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Get severe heart palpitations, high BP after slight physical work. Family history of heart disease. Cause of concern?

I am a 40 year old female, 118 pounds but very poor shape. Heart disease runs in family. AFter just one set of squats or lunges or climbing one flight of stairs, I am getting severe heart palpitations and blood pressure shoots up to 160/90 with high heart rate , I can t even go 5 minutes on exercise bike without same thing, normal range is about 99 over 65. Is this something to be concerned about? It has been for about 2 months now this severity.
Asked On : Fri, 30 Nov 2012
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Dear Sir
Thanks for writing to us.
Sedentary life style is the most common cause for rapid rise of heart rate following initiation of exercise. Other causes may be anemia, heart disease, lung disease or any significant systemic illness can cause this.
I would like you to be seen by your general physician first, as many of these conditions can be ruled out by simple examination. Thereafter, if required, you may take a stress test under physician supervision to ascertain your exercise capacity and reasons for your symptoms.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 4 Jun 2013
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