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What is fast heart beat?

Fast heartbeat, heart palpitation, or tachycardia, is a feeling that your heart beats faster or skips a beat. You may feel like your heart is racing, or bouncing with abnormal rhythms. This condition sometimes happens in the neck, throat, or chest.

How common is fast heart beat?

Fast heartbeat is a common health condition. It can affect patients at any age and can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of fast heart beat?

The common symptoms of fast heartbeat are:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Dizziness;
  • Sudden fatigue;
  • Abnormal heartbeat;
  • Chest pain;
  • Lightheadedness;
  • Faiting.

Some people with tachycardia have no symptoms and it is only determined during a health examination.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

The common symptoms of fast heartbeat are:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Dizziness;
  • Sudden fatigue;
  • Abnormal heartbeat;
  • Chest pain;
  • Lightheadedness;
  • Fainting.

Some people with tachycardia have no symptoms and it is only determined during a health examination.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

Know the causes

What causes fast heart beat?

Fast heartbeat is caused by factors which interfere the action of your heart. They may include:

  • Heart disease;
  • Congenital disease of the heart presenting since birth;
  • Anemia;
  • Overdoing exercise;
  • Stress;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Smoking;
  • Fever;
  • Imbalance electrolytes;
  • Alcohol or caffeine or cocaine abuse;
  • Medication side effects;
  • Overactive thyroid.

Know the risk factors

What increases my risk for fast heart beat?

There are many risk factors for fast heartbeat, such as:

  • Coronary artery disease;
  • Heart disease;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Over using alcohol or caffeine;
  • Stress;
  • Anemia;
  • Congenital heart diseases;
  • Inflammatory heart conditions;
  • Chronic lung diseases;
  • Age: an older heart can be in the higher risk of fast heartbeat.
  • Inherit factors.

 

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is fast heart beat diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform physical exam to find the cause of your fast heartbeat. You may be asked questions about your physical activities, stress, medications you are using and current health condition. Some other tests that can help with the diagnosis are:

  • Blood test or urine test can help detect the presence of anemia, electrolyte or thyroid abnormalities.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Holter monitoring are procedures that will collect your heart electrical signals and test for any problems in the heartbeat.
  • Event recording: a recorder worn on the chest will help to record the heart’s electrical signals.
  • Chest X-rays.
  • Echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination testing for the heart’s structure and function.

How is fast heart beat treated?

Treatments for fast heartbeat depend on the cause. In some cases, fast heartbeat is not dangerous and requires no treatment. But if your fast heartbeat is cause by another underlying reason then your doctor may recommend some treatments to ease the symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse.

  • Medications: specific medications can help to slow down your heart rate. Fast heartbeat increases your risk developing a blood clot, you may be prescribed blood thinners to prevent you from stroke or heart attack.
  • Physical therapy: doctor can require you to do some actions such as vagal maneuver or they will use a shock device to put the heartbeat back to the right rhythm.
  • Surgery: in some cases, a surgery can be done to remove extra electrical pathways.
  • Pacemaker: a pacemaker is a small device. It is implanted under your skin that helps to moderate the heartbeat.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD): this device is surgically implanted in your chest, monitors your heartbeat to keep normal heartbeat.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage fast heart beat?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with fast heartbeat:

  • Understand the symptoms and risk factors to seek for medical help as soon as possible.
  • Reduce stress with relaxation therapy such as yoga, deep breathing.
  • Avoid the intake of tobacco, caffeine.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Practice exercises regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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