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Lisa Nelson #14: What do you recommend for individuals experiencing heart palpitations and what may be triggering the problem?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: Arrhythmias are any deviations in the normal rhythm of the heart (heartbeat). They usually occur as a result of interference with the electrical pathways that produce the heart's rhythmic muscular contractions. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is responsible for slowing down the heartbeat rate. The Beta-1 Adrenergic Receptors of the Beta-Adrenergic Nervous System are responsible for speeding up the heartbeat rate.
If you experience the following symptoms, you may need to be evaluated for toxicity and consider a stress test , echocardiogram, holter monitor or a tilt table test for further evaluation and diagnosis. A neurologic evaluation may also be indicated.
Fluttering or pounding in the heart Hemodynamic disturbances are potentially life-threatening such as bradycardia and tachycardia Dizziness Syncope (fainting) Unu...
One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is an acute awareness of one’s own heartbeat. These heartbeats, or palpitations, may involve a sense of the heart beating rapidly, often accompanied by abnormal rhythms. Some people describe heart flutter as a sensation. There may be awareness of extra beats or missing beats. Palpitations may occur during activity or at rest. Little wonder that such pronounced sensations lead many to question whether they are about to have a heart attack. Very often this results in calls for medical assistance.
Palpitations themselves are not serious but they could indicate something more severe. Some estimates suggest that nearly 50 percent of referrals to cardiac specialists come from complaints of palpitations. Despite this, most cases tend to be due to anxiety.
Before anxiety is ruled in, the doctor will first want to exclude any physical causes, which can include diet and lifestyle. Fitness, especially if this involves vigorous forms ...
Cardiovascular means relating to or involving the heart and blood vessels. It's important to remember that it does mean relating to or involving blood vessels, not just the heart. Thus, it would include issues pertaining to stroke, peripheral artery disease, etc. We discuss cardiovascular issues when discussing increased risk of heart attack and stroke among Migraineurs. You can read more about cardiovascular issues Migraine in: Migraine and Stroke Risk Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? Migraine Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease in Men Migraine with Aura Linked To Cardiovascular Disease in Women More Research Links Migraine With Aura and Stroke in Women Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary . Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD. © Teri Robert, 2010 Last updated February 15, 2010
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