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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes heart palpitations after pneumothorax?

I had a pneumothorax after a lung needle biopsy. I decided not to have the chest tube but go home from hospital to rest to heal on its own. The day after the pneumothorax I have heart palpitation, it is worse after eating. The only time I don t feel it is when I am sleeping or resting. The last check with my lung doctor after x-ray, I was told my lung is fully expanded, and the lung sounded ok. However, my heat palpitation is really bothering me. Was it caused by the pneumothorax, and will it ever get better?
Thu, 22 Nov 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

I don't think that the pneumothorax is responsible for the palpitations since they are still present now that the lung is fully expanded.

The primary lung problem (that you took the biopsy for) may have to do also, or a possible cardiac origin.

I suggest you do a cardiac sonography and a 24h ECG Holter monitoring to get more information for the palpitations and to choose the right treatment if it is needed.

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

Take care

Dr Anila Skenderi, General & Family Physician
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