Q. Do I need to worry about panic attacks and irregular heartbeats?

Answered by
Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Aug 26, 2016

Hi doctor,

I feel as if I am getting irregular heartbeats. I had suffered from panic attacks quite a few times in the last six months. Since then, I have been having these irregular heartbeats. Although, I have not had a panic attack now, the heart still beats irregularly and it occurs throughout the day. Do I need to worry?

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • If you have not got any tests done so far for this, then you should seriously take a step forward in that direction.
  • You will need an ECG, a 2D echocardiogram and a blood pressure check.
  • Another thing is, if it is a panic attack, then you will know when you are getting it. So, try to avoid such situations. Rest and relaxation are the only help during this.
  • I suggest visiting a cardiologist to rule out any cardiac issues before we treat for anxiety. There are pills you can take for these attacks. Take care and get well soon.

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

Thank you doctor,

I had gone to a psychologist who did say that these were panic attacks. Also, my mother has been getting palpitations almost all her life. She had it checked, but nothing came out abnormal. Do you think this can be hereditary? I do not have any other symptoms. It usually starts in the morning when I go to work and gradually subsides by evening. I get proper sleep and I am eating fine. Can this be something serious? Also, this has started before a few months and I never had experienced it before.

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • My answer still remains the same. You will need a cardiologist and not a psychologist to evaluate this.
  • Unless a cardiac cause is ruled out we cannot say if this is a panic attack or anxiety. Also, taking this lightly will endanger your health seriously.
  • This can be hereditary, but still requires treatment.

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

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