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Suggest treatment for heart palpittions

i have the feeling like my heart stops then kicks really hard almost like someone hooked jumpers cables up to it, and i have shortness of breath that feels like I have an elephant on my chest and I have to raise my arms to get a good breath. I have been diagnosed with tachycardia and am taking toprol xl to help, im also on florinef for low bp but oddly enough my bp was 140/88 today, could my meds be causing my heart to do this or my bp irregularity ?

                                                                 
Wed, 7 Mar 2018
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hello,

I would explain you that your symptoms could be related to Toprol XL’s adverse effects. From the other hand, anxiety may trigger this entire clinical scenario.

Coming to this point, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a physical exam and some tests to investigate for other possible causes that may trigger this clinical scenario:

- A chest X ray study and pulmonary function tests to exclude a lung disorder
- A resting ECG and a cardiac ultrasound to examine your heart function and structure
- An ambulatory 24-48 hours ECG monitoring to investigate for cardiac arrhythmia
- Complete Blood Count for anemia
- Thyroid hormone levels for thyroid gland dysfunction
- Cortisol plasma levels for adrenal gland dysfunction
- Blood electrolytes for any possible imbalance

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ilir Sharka
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