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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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I have palpitations and an irregular heartbeat. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having difficulties breathing. It feels like mucus is blocking my airways. I also have this feeling that something is stuck in my throat. I did a thyroid blood test, TSH, and T3 which were normal but T4 was high. I did thyroid scan, it showed a soft cyst of 10 mm × 8 mm...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are likely to be having thyroid cyst with hyperthyroidism and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). As far as thyroid problems are concerned, they are managed by medical treatment followed by surgery. Your other problem of thick mucous and hyperacidity can be ma...  Read Full »

I have severe heartburn after taking 54 mg of Concerta. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I took 54 mg of Concerta yesterday while smoking weed. I slept off for three to four hours, and today I woke up, drank a big cup of black coffee, and went to school. I was feeling very low, so I took one tablet of Sulpiride, which did not help me, so I took one more at two or three o clock...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you are taking help from a psychiatrist. It would be best if you stopped smoking cigarettes and weed. It will increase heartburn. You are on 54mg of Concerta, a high dose. You must avoid caffeine, smoking cigarettes, and weed. Taking all of these togeth...  Read Full »

Are irregular heart rate, increased systolic pressure and back pain symptoms of cardiac issue?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 43 years old. He has an irregular pulse, 40 to 60 bpm is his daytime heartrate, borderline BP managed through diet for a few days. He complains of lightheaded feeling at wakeup, increased systolic BP of 143 to 153 mmHg, and mild nausea with occasional mild back pain on t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From symptoms, it does not look like a cardiac issue as a cause of pain, it is likely due to gastritis and reflux. Does he also have upper abdominal pain, bloating, burping, an increase in pain on food, sour water feeling in the throat or chest burning? These are th...  Read Full »

I have giddiness, shivering, and fast heartbeats in the evening. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,When I reached home after work, I suddenly got giddiness followed by shivering in the whole body with a fast heartbeat. Even my hands and feet also became cold. It lasted for a maximum time of 30 minutes. The event has always happened in the evening and that too after work. In total four t...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Such kind of symptoms are seen only in the following conditions: Acute anxiety. Low blood pressure or hypotension. Carotid artery stenosis. I would recommend you to check your blood pressure at the time of this event. I would also recomm...  Read Full »

I suffer from irregular heart rates despite medication. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My heart rate exhibits irregular fluctuations. I am prescribed Amlodipine 5 mg, Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg, and Metoprolol 25 mg. I researched and found that Metoprolol has contraindications with both Amlodipine and Hydrochlorothiazide. Over the past five days, I have consulted four doc...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We feel glad that you reached out to us. Based on your symptoms, you may be dealing with a metabolic syndrome, given the observed low levels of potassium and sodium along with dehydration. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions, including high blood pressure, el...  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 »

I feel a sudden change in heartbeat. Will Potassium tablet help?

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 I...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, Potassium chloride should not be taken without 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 and after a certain l...  Read Full »

How do I know if my heart catheter ablation has worked?

Query: Hi doctor, Approximately 15 years ago I underwent a catheter ablation procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat. It was cured. My question is that can a cardiologist, who did not do the ablation, see exactly what was done without seeing a report of the procedure? I am currently taking Symbicort 200.  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern and would explain that a cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can reveal the site of fibrosis, which correlates with the ablated region, in the myocardial tissues. This way a cardiologist who examines the cardiac MRI even years after the pro...  Read Full »

I have had head and chest pains for years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, who is 5.6 feet tall and weigh 172 lbs. I have head and chest pains for over five years. Currently, I take Metoprolol, Amlodipine, Losartan, and Prednisone. My pulse and heart rates are normally regular, but immediately after doing Valsalva maneuver, it becomes trigeminal p...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have carefully reviewed your case and understand that you are worried about your heart beats and pulse after doing Valsalva maneuver. The trigeminal pulse is defined as the one with a pause after every third heart beat. It is usually due to the underlying process ca...  Read Full »

I am having arrhythmia during exertion and rest. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had 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 currently ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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. Do a resting ECG (electrocardiogram) and a cardiac ultrasound, an ambulatory 24 to 48 hours E...  Read Full »

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