When your heartbeats get irregular, it is known as arrhythmias. The different types of arrhythmias are premature atrial contractions, premature ventricular contractions, premature junctional contractions, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia. The symptoms include palpitation, heart beats too fast (tachycardia), heart beats too slow (bradycardia), chest pain, and shortness of breath.

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Can a normal person take Potassium Chloride tablets for good working of the heart?

Query: Hi doctor, Can a normal person take Potassium Chloride (99 mg) tablet for good working of the heart? I sometimes feel a sudden change in my heartbeat. Will this tablet help to rectify that? What are the side effects of the above mentioned tablet? I have started taking it just three days before and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, Potassium chloride should not be taken without measuring serum potassium levels on daily or alternate day basis. Potassium is a highly toxic electrolyte component of blood. The increased level of potassium can cause skipped beats. It can cause palpitation a...  Read Full »

I have irregular heartbeat after taking higher dose of stimulant. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I took my usual stimulant this morning, but at a higher dose (Vyvanse 50 mg, rather than the usual 30 mg). In addition to the usual coffee, I have tried for the first time a dietary supplement with caffeine (200 mg), Niacin (10 mg, 50% daily value), and vitamin B12 (1000 mcg, 16,667% dai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can understand your health concerns. I want to assure you that everything will be fine if proper care and treatment are opted in for. I have seen the heart beat monitored through your smartphone (attachment removed to protect...  Read Full »

Do my cardiac issues put me at risk for sudden cardiac death?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a long, complicated cardiac history and currently seeing a cardiologist. It started with chest pains, and I ended up having an episode of NSVT last year. I am now on Bisoprolol and Amlodipine. The cardiologist thinks my condition is coronary artery spasm and just an ectopic focu...  Read Full »

Dr. Pramod Bhanudas Narkhede

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An excellent narrative history. I think you had only one episode of tachycardia of ventricular origin, which was nonsustained. Other reports of few years are not justified with the ventricular tachycardia. You might be having an idiopathic origin of ventricular tachy...  Read Full »

I suffer from frequent palpitations and dizziness. Does this increase my risk of getting cardiac arrest?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from frequent palpitations and dizziness. I am very worried. I have no diabetes and my blood pressure is normal. Can I get a cardiac arrest? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I went through your reports (the attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Arrhythmias are the most common cause of dizziness and palpitations in people your age. So, I suggest you do an ECG (echoca...  Read Full »

How can I manage high cholesterol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35-year-old male. My weight is 77 kg and height is 5 feet 6 inches. What is a skipping pulse? Is it blockage in the heart or not? My test reports is as follows, Cholesterol : 247, Triglycerides : 283, Hdl : 43, Ldl : 149, VLDL : 57, Non-Hdl cholesterol : 204, Lipoprotein a : 94, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I recommend performing an ambulatory 24-48 hours ECG (electrocardiogram) monitoring to investigate for any cardiac arrhythmia. I would also recommend performing complete blood count and blood electrolytes for any possible imbalance, which could trigger ectopic heartbea...  Read Full »

I get violent diaphragm convulsion during sleep. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Last night during sleep, I was awoken by a violent diaphragm convulsion. I felt a sensation of being drawn down into a cold dark blackness. It was very much disturbing and I felt like I was going to die. I had benign arrhythmias with follow up Holter monitor and stress test revealed no si...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you have been investigated for arrhythmia - paroxysmal (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but my main concern here would be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). There is a scoring system that we use to stratify your risk for OS...  Read Full »

Why do I get severe heart palpitations?

Query: Hello doctor, Symptoms are heart palpitation and continuous nonstop neck crack that pains my cervical spine also. I randomly have episodes of heart palpitations, one time I jumped 3 feet out of my bed suddenly being shocked by a hard fast-beating heart palpitation that lasted for seven seconds, tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Listening to your symptoms, the possibility which we need to rule out is of cardiac arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation or PSVT. They occur intermittently so may not be picked up on Holter monitoring as you did not have those symptoms during Holter monitoring. It is be...  Read Full »

I had palpitations and episodes of passing out on and off for a few years. What is causing it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had palpitations and episodes of passing out on and off for a few years. I had blood, ultrasound, and ECG (electrocardiogram) tests done, and so far, I have no answers as what is causing it. Is there anything they can do to help the symptoms at this point or do I have to put up with...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The probable cause in you is a cardiac arrhythmia. Firstly, were these episodes witnessed by others? And I guess there are tonic clonic movements as seen in seizures. Also, any precipitating events like stress, urination or passing stool, etc., this is to rule out th...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Query: Hello doctor, Could you let me know if an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator can cause AFib? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Implantable defibrillators are implanted to terminate an episode of atrial arrhythmia. AFib (atrial fibrillation) is also a type of atrial arrhythmia. The ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) not only provides treatment for atrial arrhythmias but also for ven...  Read Full »

I am skipping heartbeat occasionally throughout the day. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing an irregular heartbeat for about a month. It is happening every day now. It occasionally occurs throughout the day, sometimes a couple of times. I also had a similar issue before, but it never lasted this long, so I am getting worried.Additionally, I would menti...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The skipping of beats is suggestive of arrhythmia. The best way to evaluate them is to get an ECG (Electrocardiography) done. If there is some abnormality, it can be treated easily with medications. There is nothing to worry about. If ECG shows such abnormalities, yo...  Read Full »

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