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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Can thyroid problems cause fluctuation in heart rate and blood pressure?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a highly varying HR (63 to 128 at rest) and BP (109/78 mmHg to 154/104 mmHg at rest) for around three days. I consulted my doctor on the third day and started taking Propranolol 20 mg thrice daily for seven days and twice a day after seven days. Yesterday night onwards, I was havin...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hi, Welcome to As seen in your brief history, there are some fluctuations in your blood pressure as well as heart rate. I would advise you to get an ECG done as soon as possible as we have to see what sort of heart rhythm are you on. The doctor who has suggested you Propranolol...  Read Full »

Why do I feel my heart pounding, and it skips beats sometimes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. I am facing fast and loud heart rates and intermediate skip in the beats, making me feel weak and tired. I have recently consulted a doctor for hyperacidity. My ears ring continuously, and I feel a crackling sound in the head. I had a whiplash a year ago. Since then,...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a fast heartbeat, skipping heartbeat, or heart palpitations with weakness and tiredness. You also have a history of hyperacidity, neck ache due to whiplash injury, and hearing of a...  Read Full »

Does my ECG report reveal cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had an ECG as I have been short of breathe on exertion and occasionally I have palpitations and dizziness. The 12 lead ECG said sinus rhythm. QRS (T) contour abnormality. Consider anterolateral myocardial damage. HR 95 minutes. Intervals: RR 632 ms. P 96 ms. PR 116...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your ECG (electrocardiography) is normal. The symptoms you described do not seem to be related to the heart. In your case, palpitations and shortness of breath on exertion may be due to anxiety, anemia, thyroid disorder, and sedentary lifestyle leading to deconditionin...  Read Full »

Do I require brain scan for my head rush, palpitation and headache?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with stress. My BP was fluctuating like it was 130/90 in the evening and 140/90 in the night. My sugar is normal, and my TSH is high 10.6. I was taking anti-anxiety tablets, but a few days before, only I stopped. I was having a head rush, not dizziness. Doctor gave me so...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think that there is no reason to perform a brain CT (computed tomography) scan as nothing serious is going on. I am sure that your symptoms are related to thyroid gland dysfunction or stress. Your blood lab tests are quite normal (attachment removed to protec...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have changes in heart rhythm?

Query: Hi, I've been feeling a weird rythm of my heart since last year. The pump is like going faster then slow and stop a bit, then fast again. I feel like catching my breath and a tight feeling on my chest, actually. Also, it happened like four times last year and then months pass fortunately I didn't fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Thanks for the query madam Such Palpitations occur due to difference in heart rhythms. Most commonly occurs due to Premature beats of extra systoles, followed by slow rhythm and again normal rhythm. Mostly, it is not serious but serious in some conditions. If you have dizziness, syncope, loss of co...  Read Full »

Can a person have a fluctuating heart rate without any concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 39-year-old male. I do daily workouts. Recently, I have been finding that my heart rate seems to be fluctuating around a lot. It could be as low as 55 when sitting down, resting, and then when I get up and walk around, it could jump to as high as 100 (I use my apple watch to mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are basically having palpitations. They are mostly not harmful and can be caused and worsened by alcohol, stress, tobacco, etc. It is very normal for the heart rate to fluctuate. It can go as high as 350 bpm during exercise. It is perf...  Read Full »

Can a normal person take Potassium Chloride tablets for good working of the heart?

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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, Potassium chloride should not be taken without measuring 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 ...  Read Full »

Why do I get pounding and burning sensation in the mid-chest?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 66-year-old female. I have been experiencing a pounding sensation in my mid-chest for a few months just before sleep. Also, sometimes it is accompanied by a burning sensation in the same area. Please suggest to me what needs to be done. My current medications are Teczine and N...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Teczine is an antiallergic, and Novoret is a supplement. These are unlikely to affect the current symptoms directly. Telmisartan is for blood pressure, and Aztor (Atorvastatin) 20 is for cholesterol, so those are unlikely to help your palpitations. Regarding possi...  Read Full »

Are my headache, ear block, palpitation, and neck pain caused due to T2 hypersensitivity?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been going to the doctor for several years and getting an MRI. On three occasions, I have had a brain MRI that states that I have a small T2 hyperintensity on the right petrous apex. But they keep telling me it is nothing. I have severe headaches, a feeling of fullness in my ear,...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry about hyperintensity MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). It may be an accidental finding. It is not the cause of headaches. As you told you are suffering from spinal stenosis, I want to know where it is? Is it cervical or lumbar? In the case of cervi...  Read Full »

What possible diagnosis can cause palpitations, dizziness, hot face, and poor memory?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. I have been suffering from heart palpitations, dizziness, gasping for air upon falling asleep, and horrible fatigue. I recently started having a poor appetite, and I get a hot feeling in my face. Also, I get these times where I have poor memory and spaced out ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through all investigations. All reports are looking normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity).Do you take alcohol or caffeinated drinks regularly? Do you suffer from anemia? Possible causes of your symptoms may be anxiety neurosis, obstructive...  Read Full »

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