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what could be the reason for frequent heart palpatations and dizziness ?

Hello I am a 27 year old female... approx 125 lbs. quit smoking approx 4 months ago (have an occasional cigarette ) and drink about 2 cups of coffee per day and occassional iced tea. In the past I had occassional heart palpatations and lightheadedness ... recently it has been coming on more frequently to where I feel like I m going to faint (I think so anyway since I don t ever recall fainting ). I went to a general check up with my doc last week, BP was 110/50, which they said was relatively low but could have been since it had been a few hours that I last ate. I was told I have a slight hurt murmur (but don t know if this is 100% factual). I have an Rx for general bloodwork (has been about 2 yrs since I have had any bloodwork done). Please advise. Thank you!
Wed, 11 Jan 2012
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Hi Welcome to Health Care Magic......
Your complaints can be due to 1) Anaemia low heamoglobin or less amont of blood in simpler terms- so get a Heamoglobin levels checked up .2a) Arrythmias i.e heart beating abnormally fast or2b) Aortic regurgitation a cardiac valve abnormality- get a ECG and a echocardiography done which rules out any cardiac problem if any. 3) Hyperthyroidism - if you have other symptoms of increased sweating, increased bowel movements - get a thyroid profile done .These are the three common causes of palpitations and light headedness and the possible course of action required.
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