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I am suffering from heart palpitation. I just had my 3rd baby and i am 30

Females in your early 30's please be serious in answering my ques. I need your help in my situation.? I am 31 yrs. old just had my 3rd baby 4 months ago I am breastfeeding . Recently I have started to expierence very odd heart palpitations that come go, sometimes I feel like I also need to take deep breaths to feel ok. These heart palpitations make me feel like I m wearing my heart in my throat , that my heart is doing summer saults inside me. My mother passed away in her early 50 s from a massive heart attack . My sister has had heart related problems as well she is in her 40 s. Can you please help me to understand what I might be expierencing why. I also am a diabetic type 2, I have been to the Doctor basically they told me to go on a diet of just carbs excersise, which maybe I do need to lose weight considering I weigh 230 pds. This type of answer from the Doctor has not made me feel at ease, I sometimes feel like I m dying. Please give me good advice only.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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You may be having palpitations, which is generally defined as heartbeats that you are aware of because they feel like skipping, quivering, fluttering, flipflopping, or jumping. The following provides information on palpitations: http://www.temple.edu/heart/html/palpitations.html Your situation may be complicated by other medical factors such as the recent birth of your child, your diabetes, and your weight. There are way too many factors involved for a simple explanation of your palpitations. If your physician is unable to provide education or resources, including diet, regarding your Type 2 diabetes, you may benefit from a referral to an endocrinologist (discuss hypo- and hyperthyroidism with him/her). I would question your physician's advice regarding carbohydrates, but a referral to a registered dietitian (RD) can also help you regarding meal planning and healthy eating. A referral to a cardiologist may be needed for testing such as EKG, echocardiogram, or a Holter Monitor to evaluate your palpitations. You have a number of medical issues, complicated by your family history of cardiac disease. There are a number of specialists who can help you. I know all these issues may be overwhelming to you, but if you address each issue one at a time, perhaps starting with an endocrinologist, you should be able to control your diabetes, lose weight, decrease your palpitations, and stay healthy for yourself and your family.
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