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What causes palpitations in supine position?

female 62..on high blood pressure meds for at least ten years; lipitor; recent lab work, blood tests and ekg all normal... in the past week or two i have developed a rapid heart beat when i lie down for bed...fine during daytime...no other symptoms slightly overweight...5 4/ 158. obviously i am concerned...what could this be?
Wed, 15 May 2019
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Hello,

It could be an arrhythmia: abnormal heart rhythm. They are usually benign and can be treated. But for finding it you need to undergo a 24 hour ECG Holter test. This is an examination, when a small device with ECG leads are attached to you. You carry it with you for a day, and it registers your ECG for a whole day so your doctor can see what is happening with your heart when you have palpitations and complaints. Only after finding out what is the cause they can treat you.

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

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Dr. Lilit Baghdasaryan, Cardiologist
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