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My son has abrupt heart rate changes, why ?

My son (13) recently told me his heart starts beating up real fast. This morning he showed me and I could see it through his chest how hard his heart was beating. In a one minute count I counted over 130 beats. He has complained of some chest pain, though it has stopped the last three weeks. There was no pain or breath problems while I noticed his heart rate. Do you have any idea? My son is too skinny and is shorter than a lot of boys of his age. Please advice me. Thanks
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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It's probably SVT. He needs to see a cardiologist for a 24hr monitor and go to the ER during a racing attack for an EKG. They will only be able to diagnose it during an attack. In the meantime, keep him out of pools and away from high exertion activities until they give you a firm diagnosis. Some arrythmias are triggered by pools and some by extreme exercise.
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