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 you interpret the results of my 2D echo test?

Query: Hi doctor,I just received the results of my 2D echo, and the MV annulus is out of range with a reading of 1.6, the normal range being 3.5 to 4.5. What does this mean? Otherwise, everything is normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Pramod Bhanudas Narkhede

Answer: Hello, It means that the annulus of one of the valves on left side, called mitral valve, is reduced in diameter. So, there is an obstruction to the flow of blood from the low-pressure chamber to the high-pressure chamber, that is, from the left atrium to the left ventricle, which can give rise to sy...  Read Full »

Is my radiating jaw pain a sign of a cardiac issue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female, and I have had some palpitations. I was diagnosed with very mild MVP, about five years ago. I go yearly for an echocardiogram. I had my annual heart checkup beginning this year, and I redid an echocardiogram again, and a stress test on the treadmill, and also...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your complaints, and there is no need for worry. Your symptoms are most likely not due to a cardiovascular cause. Jaw pain that is caused by cardiovascular problems is usually associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. Your symptoms are caused b...  Read Full »

Is my palpitation after exercising, running, jogging, and playing football a sign of cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. And I am out of shape. I am a little overweight, and I have been physically active for the last month. I lost 6 kg of weight with regular exercise. I used to run, jog, and play football or soccer. A few days ago, when I was playing, I experienced palpitation...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. Your heart rate and blood pressure are perfectly normal, and getting PVC (premature ventricular contractions) twice per day is completely normal. In the long run, inactivity is harmful, so I advise you to continue jogging, running, and being in...  Read Full »

Can high blood pressure cause loss of feeling in the leg and fainting?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female, and my blood pressure is 148/101 mmHg. I am not on any medication, and I want to change my doctor because my doctor is too far for me to travel. I cannot get an appointment for two weeks. Do I need to go to the hospital to get medication? I am really worried...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your blood pressure is borderline, and it is not very high. It is not an emergency to start medicine. Instead, you need to monitor it frequently. You being a young hypertensive, you will need an evaluation for the cause of high blood pressure. I suggest you get the fol...  Read Full »

How to reduce the psychosis caused due to sexual abuse for years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old, and I have been sexually abused as a child for many years. I have never told anyone, and now my parents got divorced. I am experiencing numbness and psychosis symptoms, but they do not affect my daily life, and no one knows what I am going through. I wanted to know...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I empathize with you. Sexual abuse in childhood is perhaps the most brutal and tragic thing that can happen to a person. The scars of that enormous trauma never fade away. I believe you have post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not a psychotic disorder but a...  Read Full »

Are my frequent premature atrial contractions, palpitation, and dizziness signs of heart failure?

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms are getting worse day by day. I have frequent premature atrial contractions, and now my hands feel weak and swollen. I also feel dizzy and get weird palpitation. I had an echo one month ago, and the results were negative. I am scared and do not know what to do. Is this a si...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are well. If your echocardiogram was normal, then you do not have heart failure. Hand swelling can be due to some other reason. Kindly avoid the triggering factors like stress, panic attack, anxiety disorder, alcohol, and excess caffeine as these can ...  Read Full »

Is Metoprolol sufficient to treat heart palpitations in mitral valve prolapse?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old female of height 5'2" and weight 61 kg. I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse three and a half years ago. My last check-up was two and a half years ago. My current medication is Metoprolol 50 mg half tablet twice daily. My symptoms are palpitation that usually hap...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are already taking Metoprolol 50 mg half tablet twice daily. There is the option to increase it to a full tablet once and later twice daily or switch to Propranolol 10 mg, which I feel is more effective in treating palpitations due to mitral valve prolapse. If even ...  Read Full »

Will social anxiety cause fear and palpitation around people at the workplace?

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme anxiety and depression. Anxiety is related to the workplace. I find it hard to go to work and have palpitations, sweating, chest tightness, and tremors while around a certain individual at the workplace. I have had anxiety and panic attacks ever since I can remember. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your problem. A lot of individuals have anxiety, but fortunately, this can be treated with medicines and psychological methods. You have mentioned that you have anxiety at the workplace. You have a feeling of uneasiness when you are around people who ...  Read Full »

Do occasional fainting, palpitations, and increased heartbeat indicate PSVT?

Query: Hi doctor, My smartwatch has been giving me these notifications for about a month now, and each day my resting BPM has gone up to 157 to 162, and my smartwatch keeps giving me high heart rate notifications in which my heart rate has been as high as 202. Occasionally I feel faint and have had palpit...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. You might be suffering from what is called PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia). PSVT is more common in younger women and does not seem to be related to long-term health issues. Heart rate...  Read Full »

Can I take Flecainide for the next two weeks until ablation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old male, who is a competitive athlete. I do not have any structural or plumbing heart issues. I have been diagnosed with WPW accidentally, and I am waiting for an ablation in 17 days. I am mostly asymptomatic, and I never had any extremely rapid heart rates. My resting...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In WPW (Wolff-Parkinson-White) syndrome, there is a chance of rhythm disturbance, cardiac rate , and it is episodic in nature. I can present as palpitation, but the timing cannot be predicted. Regarding Flecainide, I do not think you need to continue for next two wee...  Read Full »

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