Palpitation is when you feel that your heart has skipped a beat or beating too hard and fast or fluttering. The causes can be anything from simple conditions like strenuous exercise, stress, anxiety, low blood sugar, and shock to severe diseases like arrhythmias and heart valve defects. Get medical help immediately if palpitation is accompanied by loss of consciousness, sweating, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.

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Why am I having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue for four weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past four weeks, I have had terrible heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and bouts of fatigue. A thing I have started to notice is it seems to get much worse after eating anything with carbohydrates. After I eat, the symptoms ramp up in 30 minutes to one hour. I can exercise...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Fever causes a faster heart rate. Another reason, which is not uncommon in young people, is vagal atrial fibrillation. This is an irregular fast heartbeat that occurs in bouts after eating and during resting and spontaneously revert back. What did your ECG show? Was it...  Read Full »

Please interpret my ECG for heart palpitations.

Query: Hello doctor, I had heart palpitations every day and ECG has picked up some downward spikes when I feel a palpitation. Please explain my ECG.  Read Full »

Dr. Tanmai Yermal (jain)

Internal Medicine Physician, Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query that you frequently have palpitations. But I am sorry to tell you that I am unable to see the ECG image you have attached, it is not getting downloaded probably due to some error or a corrupt file. I kindly request you to please attach a ...  Read Full »

I have palpitations and dizziness. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Over a month ago, I had an episode where my heart started racing out. I got lightheaded and dizzy. I thought it as a heart attack. However, I went to my doctor and he listened to my heart beat, checked my pulse and my blood pressure. He said that everything was fine and I just had a panic...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are various reasons for having palpitations followed by dizziness. The most important one being an abnormal heart rate or rhythm which starts suddenly and terminates abruptly. This could be detected by different monitors that you can carry with you and these d...  Read Full »

I get palpitations with Holter showing maximum heart rate of 190. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I have palpitations for the past three months. No anemia, TFT is normal, MRI abdomen and chest are normal. Echo shows atherosclerotic aortic valve with ejection fraction 60%. Holter shows minimum HR-120 and maximum HR-190. I have associated fatigue at times, tremo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello doctor, I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine concerns. First of all, you have a high BMI (body mass index). Try to reduce the weight as you know it is high for this age and height. Ejection fraction of 60% shows you have aortic stenosis due to scleros...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for frequent imbalance, restlessness and palpitations?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a banana shake and started feeling imbalance so I came back home because of restlessness, imbalance, and palpitations. I vomited that night so the next day I went to the hospital, there intensive care doctor said it is due to high acidity at that time my BP was 150/90 mmHg and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Devavrat Harihar Nene


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through all your records. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Symptoms like imbalance while sitting and walking with head heaviness, restlessness and palpitations with stress precipitating them indicate a non-organic or what we call as a functio...  Read Full »

I have blood pressure with anxiety and extra heartbeats. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old police officer who has been in the job for over 19 years, I have seen tons of tragedy in my career. I have always been a hypochondriac and ultra-sensitive to any irregular heartbeats or heart-related issues. I grew up around a family who always helped each other out an...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate your detailed write up. It made it easy for me to understand what the problem might be. I really do understand your situation. Having to constantly live with fear of having a heart attack can weigh you down. But I assure you everything is fine. The extra...  Read Full »

Is it dangerous to have high heart rate while doing moderate exercise?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it bad if my heart rate jumps up to very high bpm very quickly during even moderate exercises? I am a 26-year-old male. My height is 5' 11" and weighs about 190 lbs who has always been in good shape. I lift every day and usually during the summers, I run about two miles a day at ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hi, Welcome to The problem you are having is called palpitations. Your baseline heart rate is 58 beats/minute and your maximum heart rate is around 200 beats per minute that is almost three times the baseline heart rate. Heart rate as high as 200 beats per minute can even lead to sud...  Read Full »

On bending down, I can hear my heartbeat only in the right ear. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I can hear my heartbeat in my right ear when I bend towards my knee. In any other position like standing or lying down I do not hear this heartbeat sound. My hearing test is normal. Is it normal to hear this heartbeat sound when a person bends his head towards ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Most commonly such feeling of heartbeat known as palpitations is absolutely normal. However, this could be due to anxiety issues. I would recommend you to get your electrocardiogram (ECG) and thyroid profile done and write back to me with re...  Read Full »

My father is experiencing sudden drop in BP and blood sugar. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is a heart patient and also has a problem with high sugar. But two weeks before his BP level and sugar level dropped a lot and he started feeling very low with some kind of palpitation. After some prescription his BP level and sugar are normal, but the problem of palpitation...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajit V

Diabetologist, General Surgeon, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your father. When you say heart patient I assume he has had a blockage to the artery supplying the heart (coronary artery disease) or has had a heart attack (myocardial infarction). In diabetes management, the duration of diabetes and the level of...  Read Full »

Why am I having heart palpitations?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an active 30-year-old female with health and generalized anxiety. For the past 4 days, I have been experiencing heart palpitations. Sometimes it feels like a small flutter, as if my heart misses a beat. Other times, it feels like an intense pounding that lasts for hours. I experienc...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not think from your symptoms that what you have said that you have terrified about to have a heart attack. It is not as your symptoms happen at rest, not during exertion. To evaluate for palpitations you do Holter monitoring. I think your symptoms mostly due to anx...  Read Full »

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