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Thursday, June 11, 2009 Angel, Community Member, asks

Q: How long should heart palpitations last for? I've had mine for over a week

I recently found out I had High blood pressure and high cholesterol ever since I seem to be getting these heart palpitations evryday quite often.  I have no pain or anything its just really freaking me out. should i be worried?

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Jerry Kennard, Health Pro
6/15/09 6:44am

Hi Angel,

 

Have you experienced these palpitations since you discovered your high blood-pressure and cholesterol levels? If so, it's almost certainly anxiety-related. Variations in the heart beat is really very common. Picking up an extra few beats or losing them is something that happens all the time, but to which we are generally unaware - unless you start monitoring your heart.

 

You mention palpitations but is it actually heart rate that concerns you? Anxiety will certainly increase your resting heart rate above the typical 60-80 beats per minute in an adult.

 

There are actually different types of palpitation and really the only safe thing to suggest is that you go back to the doctor with your symptoms and ask to get properly checked over. You don't mention your age, and this can be a factor in whether your blood pressure and heart is more subject to variation.

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By Angel, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/15/10, First Published: 06/11/09