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Q. My brother has palpitations and shortness of breath. Should he go and see a doctor?

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Dr. Prathap
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 28, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 05, 2021

Hi doctor,

My brother is 15 years old. His height is 5'3" and weight is 115 lbs. For the past one week, he has had occasional heart palpations and shortness of breath about once a day. Originally it started with a headache complaint. We are concerned whether it will just pass or there are remedies we can give him. Should he go in to see a doctor? He is using over-the-counter medicines for cold.

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Welcome to icliniq.com.

Please make sure that the cold medicines you use have any of the following agents like Theophylline or Salbutamol or any beta agonists in them.

One of the adverse effects of the medications above is palpitations. If the medicine you used has none of the above things, then you should suspect an underlying disease.

Shortness of breath and palpitations are significant cardiac symptoms. The other symptoms being chest pain and syncope. So, it is better to get evaluated for cardiac disease if any with an ECG, chest x-ray and an echocardiogram of the heart.

This sort of symptoms can also be secondary to anemia or hyperthyroidism. So, also get a CBP (complete blood profile) and thyroid profile.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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