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    13154 posted:
    Hi lately I've been feeling strange, my heart feels like its fluttering or like it skips a beat and I start feeling tingly all over and feel like im going to panic which makes it worse but it only happens at night. I usually take some deep breaths to calm myself down & bring my heart rate down. I did a blood pressure check this morning randomly cuz my friend had a blood pressure wrist band & the pressure is normal but my pulse is 106, should I be worried?
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    13154 responded:
    oh btw I am almost 38 yrs old & I smoke of that helps , im a very light smoker
     
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    billh99 responded:
    It is certainly something that needs to be checked out.

    Some irregular heart beats are normal, but other can signify a real problem. Some people don't feel these at all while others are really feel them.

    And a resting heart rate is typically in the range of 60 - 80. And higher resting heart rates are not specific, but tend to indicate a shorter lifespan.

    And when you see your doctor talk about your lifestyle. Diet, exercise, weight, alcohol, and smoking.

    Those call all lead to or make these problems worse.
     
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    cardiostarusa1 replied to 13154's response:
    Hi:

    Do quit the cigs.

    Normal resting range heart rate (HR) in adults is 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). Average resting HR in men is 72-78 BPM and in women is 78-84 BPM.

    As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, FLUTTERING, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, SKIPPING, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.

    Worth mentioning, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition commonly known as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) or paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), which has various causes or triggers.

    PSVT typically causes a frightening burst/surge in heart/pulse rate that begins/starts and ends/stops suddenly (hence the term paroxsymal), which can last for just mere seconds or it can continue on for minutes to hours to days. SVT can send the heart into speeds up to 150-200 BPM, and sometimes, even as high as 300 BPM.

    Symptoms that may/can occur with SVT, PSVT, as well as PVCs, includes chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, which includes passing out or fainting). Sometimes there are no symptoms.


    Also worth mentioning, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition known as inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST).

    A misunderstood cardiac arrhythmia

    IST is a condition in which an individual's resting heart rate is abnormally high (greater than 100 beats per minute), their heart rate increases rapidly with minimal exertion......

    Characteristics of IST?

    While IST can be seen in anybody, it is most often a disorder of young women. The average IST sufferer is a woman in her late 20s or early 30s who has been having symptoms for months to years. In addition to the most prominent symptoms of......

    http://heartdisease.about.com/cs/arrhythmias/a/IST.htm


    Additionally, of the various types of heart conditions, symptoms may/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/arrhythmia, a heart rate too fast, too slow or alternating/abnormal variations thereof, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities) or even be silent.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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    Heart Rhythm Society

    Patient and Public Information Center

    http://www.hrspatients.org/patients


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    Calming the HEART

    Techniques at Home (as applicable to the patient)

    Tighten stomach muscles. As soon as the heart starts to race, tighten the stomach muscles. This will cause the abdominal muscles to put pressure on a group of nerves that will tell the heart's electrical coduction system to slow down.

    Chill. Take a deep, long breath and slowly let it out. Sometimes relaxation is all it takes to stop tachycardia. And deep breathing is frequently one of the fastest ways to relax.

    Use common sense. Anything that speeds up the heart, caffeine and cigarettes, for example, can trigger a rapid heartbeat. So common sense says that if one is prone to tachycardia, one should avoid any substance that might give the heart an extra kick.

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    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart


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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi 13154 -

    Here are some resources when you are ready to take steps to kick smoking for good (which, of course, you should!)

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    Please do make an appointment with your health care professional ASAP and let us know what you discover!


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