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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What could shortness of breath with rapid heart rate suggest?

hi im 19 year old female i always been short of breath i can only run a 100 yds and ill be breathing really heavily im not out of shape ive been running since 7th grade well anyway just last year my heart started to go really fast my heart rate reached 140 i went to the emergency room all they did was an xray they didnt find anything after that i started to get sudden chest pains this has been going on since for a year
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
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Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Your symptoms do not seem to be related to any cardiac disorders, especially considering your young age.

Anyway, I would recommend performing some tests just to be sure that everything is OK:

- a chest X ray study and pulmonary function tests
- thyroid hormone levels
- a cardiac ultrasound
- an ambulatory 24-48 hours ECG monitoring to investigate for cardiac arrhythmia
- complete blood count for anemia
- PCR, ESR for inflammation
- an exercise cardiac stress test.

You should discuss with your doctor on the above tests.

If these tests result normal, you should consider anxiety as the main cause of your complaints,.

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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