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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes shortness of breath and rapid heart beat?

Im 38 female 5 0 148lbs. Sometimes I get shortness of breath and rapid heart beat just turning over in bed, cold feet, sometimes my voice is hoarse for no reason but then returns to normal also have cracks/sores at corner of mouth that will not go away ( this is all within the last 9 months) symptoms seem to come and go??? I ve also steadily gained about 20 pounds over the last year and 1/2.
Mon, 31 Jul 2017
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Cardiologist 's  Response

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that your symptoms could be related to a lung disorder or overweight.

For this reason, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- a chest X ray study and pulmonary function tests
- a resting ECG and cardiac ultrasound to examine your heart function and structure
- thyroid hormone levels for thyroid dysfunction
- blood electrolytes for possible imbalance.

An ambulatory 24-48 hours ECG monitoring would help examine your heart rhythm trends for a prolonged time and exclude possible cardiac arrhythmia.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Wishing all the best,

Dr. Iliri
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