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Q. Why is the heart having rapid, uncontrollable pounding?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 27, 2018 and last reviewed on: Nov 10, 2022

Hi doctor,

I am 24 years old, and my heart is having episodes of rapid, uncontrollable pounding which is giving me shortness of breath and faintness. This has only started recently with my first episode giving me tunnel vision. What should I do?

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This can be a cardiac arrhythmia like PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) or atrial fibrillation, in which heart rate suddenly goes up and also suddenly decreases. Blood pressure falls during these episodes, and one has dizziness, fainting, blackouts, sometimes syncope. ECG (electrocardiography) done during episodes will show abnormality. You may need 24 hour Holter monitoring if ECG is not informative. So, visit a nearby cardiologist for these investigations. Till the time your evaluation is complete, you can ask your local doctor for tablet Metoprolol XL 25 mg once a day.


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