Increased heart rate at rest is called tachycardia. There are a lot of conditions that can increase the heart rate. Some of the common causes include electrolyte imbalance, alcoholism, congenital heart problems, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, some medicines, smoking, and lung problem.
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Though my EKG showed sinus tachycardia, why did not my doctor worry about that?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female. Yesterday, I had an EKG for chest pain. My doctor said that my heart is great although my EKG automated interpretation was abnormal. It read sinus tachycardia with 111 beats per minute and non-specific ST depression, non-diagnostic for this age. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you are worried. Please do not worry. Sinus tachycardia is just fast heart rate, and yours is just slightly elevated. Probably, you were a little anxious during the time of the examination. ST and T changes are often seen in normal healthy patients. ... Read Full »
Do fluctuations in heartbeat denote heart disease?
Query: Hi doctor, My heartbeat keeps fluctuating. Sometimes, it will be 85 bpm and the other time 60, 57 or 58 bpm. Does it indicate any heart disease? Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.No, fluctuations in a heartbeat do not denote any heart disease. In fact, it indicates that your heart is normal. Heartbeat should increase during awake, with activities and exercise. And, it should decrease with rest and sleep. However, you measures the pulse during rest a... Read Full »
My stress test showed abnormality. Is there any health issue?
Query: Hi doctor,Shortness of breath and rapidly reaching maximum heart rate has been my concern for many years. I turned 50 this year. It is impacting my ability yo exercise, so thought it was time to investigate. I just had a cardiac catheterization test. No blockages were discovered. However, they were ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.First, you need to be started on medicines called as diuretics like Torsemide 10 mg once a day in the morning and also Amlodipine should be replaced with Beta blockers like Metoprolol XR 25 mg once a day. Both drugs will help you in relief of symptoms and also other benefit... Read Full »
My heart rate increases with exertion. Should I be worried?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a severe doctor phobia. I am unable to go in for care, but I need to understand something happening better and if it is normal for my health. I had an episode of something a couple of months ago. I got extremely sick, started vomiting and sweating horribly, has chills and massively... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, there is no need to worry and relieve your anxiety. In all probabilities, you are having obstructive sleep apnea as all your data fits into it. Do you have any symptoms like snoring, interrupted sleep, unrefreshing sleep, morning headaches, daytime sleepin... Read Full »
Could Omeprazole cause changes in ECG and increase my heart rate?
Query: Hi doctor, Please read my query and give me your best opinion. I am currently under a cardiologist due to fears that I have had a heart attack in the past and chronic chest discomfort. My cardiologist asked me to take a Holter monitor for 24-hours and the reports he gave me last week were normal. He... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anxiety and panic are the first possibilities. Sudden onset of palpitations is a very unusual sign of heart attack. None of the investigation and symptoms are compatible with the heart attack. Although there are some ECG changes like Q waves, which can be present, are i... Read Full »
What is the cause for having an increased heart rate during pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 34 weeks pregnant. She has known tachycardia and had an unsuccessful ablation at 11 years old. Around six weeks ago, using pulse oximeter I have at home, I noticed her resting heart rate had dramatically increased. It went from an average of around 100 to around 130 and 140, so... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tachycardia, which she had, was mostly probably PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) or other SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), which are usually episodic in nature. So, the reading which you had of 123 was probably not due to her old heart problem PSVT, but... Read Full »
I have attached my ECG report. Does it indicate any serious problem?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from anxiety. I am a 30 year old male. Kindly review my ECG reports and suggest whether they are normal or not. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your ECG is an old one and having some changes (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is increased rate in leads 2, 3, AVF, V5, V6, ST segment sagging and T inversions. You should get a fresh ECG and a repeat echo and stress test. If these stay within no... Read Full »
Why is my heart rate always above 100 bps?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old male. Even though I am healthy, I am always having a heart rate of 100 and above. What may be the possible cause for this? I had previously performed an ECG. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be a sinus tachycardia. A sinus tachycardia is a sinus rhythm with an elevated rate of impulses, defined as a rate greater than 100 beats per minute in an average adult. The normal resting heart rate in an average adult ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Ther... Read Full »
How to identify the reason for palpitations?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from heart palpitations. Also, I have occasional breathlessness. For a while, I used Propranolol. But, it did not work. So, the doctor asked me to do a thyroid test and the result was normal. I do not know what to do. Please help Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Palpitations can be out of two types. Sinus arrhythmia (only fast heart rate, but rhythm is normal) and this is not to be worried. Arrhythmias - There are many types of arrhythmias, some are atrial in origin and some are ventricular in origin. If your thyroid profile is... Read Full »
The left side of my chest feels warm. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I am obese and have a family history of cardiac arrest. My father got cardiac arrest at the age of 53. I have consulted the local cardiologist and gone through ECG, echo, TMT, lipid, hs-CRP and other blood tests. All the tests were normal except heart rate, which was... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This kind of chest pain occurs during stress and anxiety only. We label them nonspecific cardiac chest pain. But, we should always keep in consideration cardiac chest pain and acid reflux. It is important to differentiate between the all. However, the cardiac chest p... Read Full »