At rest, if the heart beats faster than usual, it is known as tachycardia or tachyarrhythmia. In adults, resting heart rate over 100 beats per minute is considered as tachycardia. Tachycardia can lead to heart failure, cardiac arrest, or stroke.

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My heart beats faster when I rest. When I am active, no issues. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, When I am under rest, my heart beats faster than normal. Nearly, it beats around 90 and above. I could not sleep at night. When I am active no issues. I am not able to breathe normally when lying. Please provide any suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Ritendra Nath Talapatra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having a condition called sinus tachycardia which means your heartbeat is faster than normal but do not have arrhythmia. The reason is sympathetic overdrive which means you are more anxious than other people. I suggest taking tablet Metocard XL (Metoprolol) 5...  Read Full »

My EKG reports did not show CPVT. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I understand that a resting EKG cannot show catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). I had numerous EKGs and echoes and all were normal. I read that the stress test is the only way to diagnose CPVT. I have had major panic attacks during EKGs with heart rates up to 140...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. CPVT - catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is a devastating condition and is usually found and detected on Holter monitor or on stress test if asymptomatic. In case of acute attack if a person has severe chest pain or sy...  Read Full »

What are the reasons for tachycardia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from shortness of breath, and also I have a pacemaker in my heart due to a complete heart block. Can you please tell me about the findings in my EKG?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your EKG (electrocardiogram) tracing (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it shows tachycardia, which means heart rate is 100 or above 100 BPM. Tachycardia may result from various physiological and pathologi...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an alternative treatment for ICD.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 59 years old. Eight years back he had heart attack and the next year he underwent CABG. Presently, he is feeling uncomfortable and got an angiogram and cardiac PET/CT imaging done. It stated that he has severe LV dysfunction of more than 30 percentage. He also has severe c...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These procedures in modern science are done according to guidelines. So according to ACC (American College of Cardiology) or AHA (American Heart Association) guidelines indications for ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) placement are under two broad categori...  Read Full »

My resting heart rate is elevated than my heart rate during exercise. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 53-year-old male with a resting heart rate of 111 to 116 bpm, also demonstrates a heart rate of 70 bpm with exercise but is asymptomatic. I am currently taking Metoprolol and Metformin. My recent BP recordings are 138/90 mmHg. What do you suggest? Please reply.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Resting tachycardia, as in your case, maybe a benign finding in many individuals. You mentioned your heart rate goes up to 70 bpm (beats per minute) with exercise, and I guess you meant 170 bpm. So firstly, sinus tachycardia does not necessarily imply cardiac abnorma...  Read Full »

Can a normal person take Potassium Chloride tablets for good working of the heart?

Query: Hi doctor, Can a normal person take Potassium Chloride (99 mg) tablet for good working of the heart? I sometimes feel a sudden change in my heartbeat. Will this tablet help to rectify that? What are the side effects of the above mentioned tablet? I have started taking it just three days before and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, Potassium chloride should not be taken without measuring serum potassium levels on daily or alternate day basis. Potassium is a highly toxic electrolyte component of blood. The increased level of potassium can cause skipped beats. It can cause palpitation and a...  Read Full »

I had tachycardia, and now my blood pressure is fluctuating. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having episodes of tachycardia, with my pulse sometimes reaching 130 beats per minute. These are getting more frequent, and while my GP passed it off as anxiety. A few nights ago, I could feel vibrations just sitting and watching TV. I had brief chest pain, stomach pains, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did you get shortness of breath? Have you ever experienced something like this in the past? Was it associated with chest pain that radiates? Is there a family history of a heart attack? We must rule out the possibility of underlying heart disease. Do you have a h...  Read Full »

Has mitral valve stenosis caused me tachycardia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from heart palpitations (especially when I lie down or do some physical activity), shortness of breath, tachycardia for the past three months. I am taking Propranolol (20 mg per day) for this. Propranolol is controlling trachycardia a bit. In stress my condition worsens...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems to be due to anxiety. To exclude any valvular disorder, the cardiologist will auscultate your heart carefully, if he listens any abnormal sound he may advise echo, otherwise no need. Regarding palpitations, better have an ECG done at the time of symptoms or alt...  Read Full »

Has anxiety caused me shortness of breath and palpitations?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I have a problem that suddenly an anxiety is taking place and my heart beat increased, the heart is like a balloon, sometimes I think that my breath is going and I am going to die. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The problem you are experiencing is called a panic attack. In this problem, the person feels as if he is going to have a heart attack but this does not happen. This problem usually starts in young age. I would advise you to get your thyroid function test done and als...  Read Full »

I had tachycardia after a heavy period. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Last month, I did a health check-up, and everything was fine. Later, I had my cycle a little heavy compared to my regular one. I felt quite weak. I went for an ECG in a local diagnostic center. It showed tachycardia and an early transition posterior infarct. I am very prone to anxiety....  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the limited details on this case that I have, it seems you are worried about the finding on the EKG (electrocardiogram) as an early transition infarct of the posterior wall. As you had a recent heavy menstrual bleed and you were feeling sick, that is why you ...  Read Full »

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