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Suddenly my heart starts racing and i get light head. What could be the reason for this?

I ve been having trouble at work in that last couple months. Twice, I ve had these attacks while working. They come randomly, usually when I work for long periods of time. My heart will start racing, even though I haven t done any physical activities that might raise it. My heart beat has a pounding sensation on my chest , and it also feels like I m being chocked. Also, I get light-headed and feel like passing out. I have to take deep breaths in order to decrease the effects (So the symptoms are still there, but not as serious). They have been so bad that I ve had to call out for work. My friend says she has SVT (supra-ventricular tachycardia ) and that her symptoms are alike mine and I might have that. Any thoughts or comments will be nice. BTW, my parents are having issues with the insurance, so they didn t take me to the hospital when it happened.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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You may or may not be having a panic attack. These can occur from being very scared or they can occur from absolute randomness. You need to speak to your doctor about it. Avoid doing things that may be stressful and require a lot of thought.
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