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What causes abnormal ECG while having high BP and heart rate?

Hi I have had a holter ecg done and my average heart rate was 111 with the highest 180 and the lowest 60. I am very tired and feel as if I am trembling the whole time. I get breathless very easily and feel very emotional. The ecg was not normal but my GP merely said that I had a few extra beats. Should I be worried?                                                   
Wed, 17 Apr 2019
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I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms seem to be related to anxiety.

Nevertheless, I would recommend performing some blood lab tests in order to investigate for possible metabolic disorder:
- complete blood count for anemia
- thyroid hormone levels for possible thyroid gland dysfunction
- blood electrolytes for possible imbalance.

If all the above tests result normal, you should consider anxiety as the main cause underlying your complaints.

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

Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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