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Should I be worried about my heart palpitations ?

I m 22 years old and in good health. I don t smoke and am not overweight. Occasionally, I ll get a single heart palpitation. However, today, I bent down to pick something up and I had multiple ones in a row. It really freaked me out and I m scared that I m going to go into arrhythmia and die. I haven t had any caffeine in a few days so that s not the cause. I ve had a really stressful week due to final exams and barely any sleep last night so I m wondering if that s the problem. Earlier in the morning, I took a multivitamin and a calcium supplement (I don t drink milk). My mom told me that her side of the family including her seem to get palpitations more than normal so maybe it s genetic. Anyway, I m still scared and I don t know what to do. Yes, I ve also had quite a few panic attacks throughout the past few weeks.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Well first thing to know is not to look on-line for the answer, because you will just freak yourself out more. I would just go see a doctor and ask them what they think. It could just be a congetive heart defect which is passed down from family. There is more fear in the unknown then the known. Once you figure out what you do or don't have you'll feel much better. Have you had any panic attacks? I don't know about the thyroid thing, but what about a heart valve problem (congetive). Mine is the mitral valve prolapse, so I know a little about palpitations and murmurs. I'm 24. so age doesn't matter.
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