Abnormal heart rhythm is a condition where the heart beats too fast or slow or might be irregular. Palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, etc., are the symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm. Stress, anxiety, congenital heart disorders, heart blocks, and ischemic heart disease are some of the causes of abnormal heart rhythm.
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My father is diabetic and hypertensive, and his ECG is abnormal. What to do?
Query: Hi doctor, My father is 68 years old, and he has had diabetes and hypertension for a long time. He is taking medication for diabetes and hypertension. He got his annual health check-up done two months ago. On ECG, it was showing a large PTFV1 value, normal sinus rhythm, inverted T wave, and short QR... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and will help you out. I have seen the ECG (electrocardiogram) report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows minor changes in the heart. There has been no major acute event, which is a good sign. But the dang... Read Full »
I feel a short pounding in my chest, followed by a shortness of breath. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, Every now and then, I feel a short pounding, only two or three, in my chest, followed by a shortness of breath. I did a little research and thought it could just be heart palpitations, and I have read it can typically be harmless, most likely stress or lifestyle related. I am predisposed ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unusual awareness of own heartbeats is called palpitations. Palpitations may occur due to various reasons: 1. Fast heart rate (many causes). 2. Slower heart rate (many causes). 3. Irregular heart rate (many causes). 4. Being overcautious about heartbeats. 5. Thin,... Read Full »
I experienced heart arrhythmia few years back and I still have some symptoms. What is the reason?
Query: Hi doctor, A few years ago, I experienced heart arrhythmia for the first time. I still have them up to this day. I visited my doctor and cardiologist multiple times to examine my heart. The answer was always the same: It is due to stress; we cannot see anything abnormal. Now, in this time span, I st... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send me your ECG (electrocardiography) and Holter monitoring report. Get echocardiography also done, as alcoholics have damaged hearts. Read Full »
My mother's CT showed dilated left ventricle internal dimensions. What does that mean?
Query: Hello doctor, My mother has heart palpitations at night. She has had high blood pressure for many years and is currently taking tablet Exforge HCT 5 mg/160 mg/12.5 mg. I want to show a heart doctor two results of my mother's echocardiogram, one taken today and another one a year before. It says, 'di... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. LV (left ventricle) is slightly dilated, but this is not cardiomyopathy. The mitral valve is prolapsing and leaking, not severe. There is no need of worrying. Only annual Echocardiography surveillance is all that is needed. Control blood pr... Read Full »
How do I get my heart rhythm back to normal without cardioversion?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of SVT, which converted into Afib. I tried all at-home solutions to get my heart back into a sinus rhythm. I am trying to avoid cardioversion as I am traveling internationally right now. I took medication ten years ago, which helped me to get my heart rhythm back. I... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I hope you are doing good.For your problem, the treatment of choice would be RF ablation (radio frequency) after an electrophysiological study (EP study). For paroxysmal AFib (atrial fibrillation), there are pills like Propafenone or Flecainide. Take a single dose at the ti... Read Full »
I am experiencing fluttering and palpitations in my heart. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old female. Last year I was suffering from palpitations and was sent for an ECG, whose report I have attached. My doctor said ECG was fine. Yesterday I had a fluttering in my heart again, which lasted about 5 seconds, but my heart was beating fast for about 10 minutes. I... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your uploaded test results (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) are normal, only sinus tachycardia is there. Nevertheless, I would recommend you perform 24 to 48 hours of ambulatory ECG (Electrocardiogram) monitoring to study your heart rhythm bett... Read Full »
Do I have irregular heart rhythm due to an ablation surgery done a week ago?
Query: Hello doctor, I had an ablation done a week ago and have irregular heart rhythms. I can see my heart rhythm on my electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, and I can send the images. I did not mention that I have supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), but I want to know if it is normal to have this rhythm after... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see that your heart rate is normal. Only these few complexes look odd, but they are probably artifactual defects because the heart rate is the same. Moreover, handheld devices are... Read Full »
I have heart palpitations and skipped beats. Is it because of the Zoloft I take?
Query: Hi doctor, I started having heart palpitations and skipped beats three years ago. I was on Lexapro at the time, and I learned that SSRIs could impair heart rhythm. I quit using Lexapro and have been seeing Psychiatrists find a medication that works for me. Now, I am on Zoloft 50 mg and still have sk... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your challenges. Often, people develop a notion that they suffer from heart diseases because of their experiences with palpitations and skipping a beat. But rarely, that is not the case. Most of the time, they are not due to heart issues but benign... Read Full »
I can feel my heartbeat harder than usual, several times a day. Is that arrhythmia?
Query: Hello doctor, I can feel my heartbeat harder than usual, several times a day. I have undergone electrocardiography (ECG), and the nurses told me that my condition is normal as my heart often takes a few milliseconds longer breaks in between beats, so they work hard to catch up. However, for me, this... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What they told you was correct. These are due to premature beats. When a premature beat comes, the next beat is delayed, called a compensatory pause. This delayed beat is harder than normal ones. Such beats are common in healthy people. These are diagnosed on electroca... Read Full »
I feel a different heartbeat sound while lying on my left side and placing a hand over my chest. Is it normal?
Query: Hello doctor,Whenever I lay down on my left side or put my arms on my chest, my heart makes a different sound of thumping, and I am very aware or conscious of it; the area around the chest where the heart is also hurting. When I work out my chest muscles, I wonder whether this is something I should ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unusual awareness of own heartbeats is called palpitations. It may occur due to various reasons: 1) Fast heart rate (many causes). 2) Slower heart rate (many causes). 3) Irregular heart rate (many causes). 4) Being overcautious about heartbeats. 5) Thin, lean patient... Read Full »