Q. What causes racing heartbeat and numbness in left hand?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Nov 04, 2019 and last reviewed on: Nov 07, 2019

Hi doctor,

Three months ago, I started feeling racing heartbeat and numbness in left hand and felt like I am losing control on my body. I contacted a doctor and he gave me some anxiety pills but after five days I got a strong panic attack which lasted for three hours until I take a pill name Placida. Then I contacted a psychiatrist. He gave a pill for six weeks. Now I am not taking any pill but I am feeling strange feeling in my body like I feel head is heavy and sometimes I feel a strange sensation and weakness in my chest, hand, and back area, and shortness of breath. Sometimes, I feel my heart is heavy and sometimes I feel strange weakness in my chest and muscles of hand and suffering from heavy head. Should I again consult a psychiatrist or I should consult a heart specialist? Kindly tell me what should I do.

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Racing heart beat (palpitations) can be due to different causes. Excessive anxiety, panic attacks is a common cause of palpitations. If you had no prior history of anxiety and suddenly developed palpitations, it is advisable to consult a heart specialist (cardiologist) so that any heart related issues can be ruled out. If you have never consulted a cardiologist before, it will also be reassuring for you to see the specialist and take his opinion. If there are no physical health problems, then your symptoms are probably related to excessive anxiety or health anxiety and you can follow up with your psychiatrist for further treatment.

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