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Increased heart rate of 157 bpm. Cause, severity?

ive been having palpitations this is the 5th day now at one point my heart rate reached 157 beats a minute the palpitations have been on all day when my pulse reached 157 i recorded and posted it on facebook the name on facebook [readcodeandsignstraprunningeast] can you tell me what would cause these palpitations and how serious the pulse is reaching 157
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The seriousness depends on the origin and nature of the beats / underlying cause / associated morbidities and so on.

There are several causes - Anxiety / Alcohol / Tobacco (smoking) / Caffeine (too much coffee, cola) / Medicines like Phenylephrine used for ‘cold’; Salbutamol used for asthma / Illicit ‘drugs’ like Amphetamine / anaemia / thyroid / heart disease including abnormal nerve paths (bypass tracts) - the list is long...

You must go the ER / see a doctor / get examined / get investigated.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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