Arrhythmias

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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I have the history of OCD and anxiety, and recently had arrhythmia. Could it be due to stress?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 27 years old, and I have been suffering from OCD and health anxiety for many years. For about a year now I have been having arrhythmia (mostly extrasystoles) they have been chiefly eased up since I started my new job, but something has been going on. I have been feeling angina for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome on icliniq.com. Regarding your concern, I would explain that it is necessary a direct review of your ECG recordings to accurately judge the clinical importance.  Read Full »

I am having racing heartbeat and arrhythmia with swelling of legs. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Elevated blood pressure first detected at age 18 (runs in family on maternal grandmother's side). Never really treated until age 72 (anesthesiologist requirement prior to cataract surgery). Lisinopril 20 mg and Amlodipine 10 mg. Continued until age 76 with doctor altering dosage and f...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would recommend checking thyroid hormone levels for possible thyroid gland dysfunction and continue taking antihypertensive medication. Regarding possible arrhythmia, I would recommend performing an ambulatory 24 to 48 hours ECG monitor...  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 icliniq.com. 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 heartb...  Read Full »

My heart rate has increased to 220 beats per minute. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, The day before yesterday, my heart rate went up to 220 beats per minute which maintained for about three hours and my BP was quite low. I have not done any physical work on that day. The same problem occurred before eight years which maintained for half an hour. Suddenly, this happened to...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern and your symptoms could be due to anxiety or cardiac arrhythmia. I would recommend consulting your doctor and getting these tests done: A resting ECG (electrocardiogram) and cardiac ultrasound. An ambulatory 24 to 48 hours of ECG mon...  Read Full »

I have irregular heartbeats, especially when I exercise. What could be the problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having irregular heartbeats for quite some time. I get palpitations and a feeling that my heart is missing beats. I get breathless and dizzy when this happens. Sometimes, the trigger is exercise, either walking or climbing stairs, other times it occurs when at rest. I am c...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would recommend performing some tests to investigate for possible cardiac arrhythmia or other metabolic causes that may trigger this situation. A resting ECG and a cardiac ultrasound. An ambulatory 24 to 48 hours ECG monitoring to i...  Read Full »

I experience premature ventricular contractions. Will it ever go away?

Query: Hello doctor,Since approximately eight months, I experience premature ventricular contractions (feeling of heartbeat skipping). I never had shortness of breath, severe chest pain, heavy sweating/dizziness, or like I will pass out. It also never goes on for several minutes, just around 10 to 20 a day...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that some PVC or ectopic heartbeats are quite normal in every healthy individual during emotional stress or physical activity. Anyway, a cardiac arrhythmia cannot be excluded either. Coming to this point, I ...  Read Full »

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