I have high blood pressure, but I do not know the cause. I have been feeling like my heart is pumping way too hard sometimes for no reason. My heart rate is normal most of the time, but the actual beats feel forceful. This is a good question. I have many patients who are aware of their heart beat. This is often called feeling “palpitations.” There are many causes of such palpitations and an evaluation by a doctor is important. This will usually include an ECG and sometimes a monitor to take home to record an episode of palpitations as it occurs. If a concerning heart rhythm, or arrhythmia , is identified a cardiologist should be consulted for further diagnosis and treatment. However, most of the time palpitations are easily treated. Some of the at home treatments for palpitations I discuss with my patients include: Adequate hydration: If you are dehydrated the body will respond with an increased heart rate – which can feel like a forceful beating Avoidance of caffein...
Chest pains are frequently a part of anxiety attacks. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) lists chest pains as a symptom of panic disorder and is common in other types of anxiety disorders as well. Chest pains, as a part of anxiety, are not normally considered to be dangerous. But chest pains can also signal a heart attack and require immediate medical care. For someone experiencing a sudden panic attack, complete with chest pains, it may be difficult to know the difference and to know whether or not to seek medical care. What is Chest Pain? Chest pain or discomfort occurs between the neck and the upper abdomen and is located in the front of the body. It can be caused by both serious and benign reasons. There are a number of organs and tissues in the chest area that can cause pain or discomfort in addition to the heart. The lungs and esophagus as well as the ribs, various muscles and tendons which can become inflamed due to illness or injury and caus...
If you're having heart problems you may feel that your heart is beating irregularly, very fast, or forcefully in your chest. You may have chest pains or experience a heart attack.
Symptoms of heart problems include:
rapid or irregular heartbeat
swelling of feet and lower legs
feeling weak or dizzy
Many things can cause heart problems, including stress, being overweight, and smoking. Several breast cancer treatments may cause heart problems:
chemotherapy, especially the medicine Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some hormonal therapies:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Avoiding heart problems
If you have chest pain or trouble breathing, talk to your doctor right away. Since heart pro...
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