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pokeymomma posted:
I am a 59 year old female with no personal history of heart disease but I do have a family history of it . My mother and two brothers. Last night I experienced a very fast heart beat and odd tingling on my chin, the top of my chest and my right arm and hand. There was no pain. My husband thinks I may have slept wrong but I never got to sleep at all last night. Do I need a cardiac workup? samantha
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi Samantha:

"Do I need a cardiac workup?"

At your age, and with a family history of heart disease, a cardiac workup is warranted.

"Experienced a very fast heartbeat"

As applicable, there is paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), usually causing a typically frightening burst/surge in heart rate that begins suddenly and ends suddenly (paroxsymal, the "P" in PSVT), which can last for just mere seconds or it can continue on for minutes to hours to days.

SVT is a broad term that includes various forms of an arrhythmia originating above (supra) the ventricles (the heart's lower pumping chambers). SVT can send the heart into speeds up to 150-200 BPM, and sometimes, even as high as 300 BPM.

Also, as applicable, the most commonly reported type of condition that causes surges in heartbeat/hard or forceful beats, is a run of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). Non-sustained ventricular tachycardia, runs of PVCs under 30 seconds, but typically not salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), and sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds).

PVCs or PACs may/can occur with/in the presence of bradycardia (heart rate under 60 beats per minute), tachycardia (heart rate over 100 beats per minute), and symptoms may/can occur, such as chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, syncope (a temporary loss of consciousness, which includes passing out or fainting).

Additionally, of the different kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at any age, various symptoms can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, such as an irregular heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities), or even be silent.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Best of luck down the road of life.

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