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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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    What causes shortness of breath and rapid heart beats?

my healthy and athletic 26 year old son had an episode while playing soccer... while running he felt a shortness of breath, pressure, and a rapid heart beat. He collapsed and was told by team mates he passed out. He went to the sidelines and after a rest felt ok. In the 3 weeks following he has had several similar espisode - all while exercising/exerting himself physically. He has recognized the symptoms so stopped before collapsing although he did feel like he was stumbling. He has just switched jobs/insurance companies so is scheduled to see a new primary care physician. What should he be sure to ask for in terms of tests? Thank you, Shelly
Wed, 2 Aug 2017
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Hello welcome to the health care magic

Here cardiological cause needs to be ruled out

His work up done as follow...
_blood pressure measurement
_Auscultation
_EKG
_chest x ray
_2D echocardiography only if needed

According to cause specific treatment given

Consult physician or cardiologist for examination and discuss your case

Get back with more query if having doubt

Take care

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