Irregular Heartbeat

Irregular heartbeat, otherwise called arrhythmia, can make the heartbeat too fast or too slow or not even. The types of irregular heartbeats are tachycardia (the heart beats too fast), atrial fibrillation (upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly), bradycardia (slow heart rate), atrial flutter (the right upper heart chamber beats irregularly), and ventricular fibrillation (lower chambers of the heart do not pump blood efficiently).

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Are pounding heart and skipped heartbeat signs of atrial fibrillation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46 year old female. My blood pressure is low normal. I have never had any heart issues except palpitations when pregnant 10 years ago. They did a cardiac ultrasound at that time, which was normal. Just over a week ago, I started feeling, intermittently during the day, as if my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your detailed narration and understand your concerns. The ECG (electrocardiogram) recordings are clearly suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AF) and there is no doubt about it. The P-wave is absent and the rhythm is irregular. Both are suggestive of...  Read Full »

Why does my heartbeat keep randomly fluctuating and increasing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fluctuating heartbeats, and sometimes it gets faster and more random. I have got my ECG and 2D echocardiogram done. I do not have a previous history of this issue, and I am currently on medications for arthritis. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your current ECG (electrocardiogram) is quite normal, with no rate, rhythm, or abnormality seen. However, your 2D echocardiography shows some changes, possibly due to hypertension. T...  Read Full »

I am suffering from irregular heartbeat for a year. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing irregular heartbeat since a year. I consulted a doctor who suggested to undergo ECG (echocardiography) which I repeated after sometimes before taking any medicine. Thereafter, doctor asked to put me on a Holter, after that they transferred me for electrophysiol...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have checked your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). ECG (electrocardiogram) is normal. Please share Holter and echocardiography reports. Kindly share the electrophysiologic study report. Please share if you have any other underlying medica...  Read Full »

Why do I have irregular heartbeats?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had an irregular heartbeat for several years. I visited many cardiologists in person, but nobody was able to give an exact diagnosis. I did echo, ECG, and chest x-ray. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Were these irregular heartbeats (ventricular ectopics) captured on ECG anytime? These ventricular ectopics occur intermittently, so they may be missed on ECG (Electrocardiography), and one may require to undergo 24 hour Holter monitorin...  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, 'dil...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Why do I feel increased lightheadedness and pressure near the back of the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from increasing lightheadedness and pressure near the back of the neck. I have this throughout the day. It gets worse with exertion and hot shower. I have some weird feeling in chest that is almost a fast heartbeat. My EKG and blood pressure are normal. Currently, I am on P...  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The common cause of dizziness or lightheadedness is abnormal blood pressure or irregular heartbeat. But, you said that your blood pressure and heart rhythm are normal. So, the other reason may be your depression medication. The common side effects of Prozac (Fluoxet...  Read Full »

Is anxiety the reason for my irritation, body aches, and fast heartbeat?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel irritated, and my whole body is aching. When I tried falling asleep two days ago, I felt like my heart was racing. And since the next day, my heart has been beating fast for the whole day. I also have anxiety problems. I had the same issue last night. Though I suspect anxiety i...  Read Full »

Dr. Radha. P. H

Answer: Hi,Welcome to may be having a fever. When you have a fever, your heart beats faster, and the heart will feel as if racing. So, kindly check your temperature. You may be having some viral infections. To rule out COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019), kindly do an RT-PCR test (reverse tr...  Read Full »

Kindly review my reports and help me get rid of my ectopic heartbeats.

Query: Hello doctor, I have health anxiety, and I am on antidepressants. For the past three weeks, I have been having an ectopic heartbeat while bending, and when I stand straight, the beating stops. I have attached my reports. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from anxiety. You have a history of ectopic beats that are increasing. I saw your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Peop...  Read Full »

Why am I having terrible upper back pain and left shoulder pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male, and I have a terrible upper back and left shoulder pain from past two years. The pain is radiating to the left side of the chest also. Whenever I move my neck, I hear some sound. With this pain, I feel drowsy and light-headed full day. I am not able to do routine...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like the following details. Did you take any x-ray? Have you tried physiotherapy? Was the MRI with or without contrast? Do you feel missed heartbeats when you feel drowsy? Do you get sweaty or get a sinking feeling? If yes, then you need a 24- hour Holter ECG (...  Read Full »

Will Carvedilol intake cause irregular heartbeat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a home blood pressure machine as well as a home EKG machine. On Friday and Saturday morning, the BP machine detecting an unusual rhythm. Then the EKG machine said possible A-fib. All other readings the rest of the day (and I was scared, so checking hourly) were fine. I have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are few artifacts, and there is no atrial fibrillation. However, there is prolonged PR and intermittent missed beat, suggestive of second-degree AV block (Atrioventri...  Read Full »

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