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Rapid heart beats with occasional shortness of breath on walking or standing up. What could be causing this?

Hello Dr. Monnica. I am regular in my exercise and so am not unfit, although, in any general circumstance, when I walk a few steps or if I stand up, my heart beat increases rapidly and I sometimes become short of breath. I have been seeing a doctor regularly so I am able to check these things with him too but out of curiosity could you give me any sort of lead on what that could be from? Thanks, Gen.
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Dear patient,

Thanks for your health concerns. Usually, the response to standing up is increase in pulse, but would not necesarily make you short of breath. The first thing that needs to be rule out is an arrhythmia of the heart, and since the episodes are fairly frequent a Holter monitor for 24-48 hours could be quite useful to monitor the electric activity of the heart; you can also record symptoms at the time you feel them, so it becomes useful in patients like yourself who do not present with loss of consciousness.

Hope that helps, wish you the best health, blessings

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Wed, 29 May 2013
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