Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
In Need Of help!
avatar
Rickk90 posted:
Hello, I'm 22 and have been suffering from a racing heart, shortness of breath and occasional dizziness. It occurs when I drive, walk into some places and when I exert myself. I'm extremely healthy, 11% bodyfat, been working out for over 4 years.
I've had numerous studies done like; 24hr holter monitor, X-ray,bloodwork,echo,ekg,stress echo and all turns out to be fine besides having a benign arrhythmia. So based on my results my GP spoke to my cardiologist and he believes its anxiety. Does this sound like anxiety or do I still run the risk of having an underlying disease.

Take the Poll

??
  • ???
  • ????
vote
View Poll Results
Reply
 
avatar
cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"Does this sound like anxiety"

No way to tell/know for sure via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions), though, in general-only, it is well-known that anxiety (as well as stress) can cause various symptoms, even wreaking havoc on the entire body.


......"have been suffering from a racing heart, shortness of breath and occasional dizziness. It occurs when I drive, walk into some places and when I exert myself."


Worth mentioning here, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition known as paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), which 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 PSVT 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.

Keep pursuing this particular matter until you are 100% satisfied/confident with the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

Take care,

CardioStar*

WebMD member (since 8/99)



-

-


LEARN ABOUT the Heart


WebMD

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

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


LEARN ABOUT the heart's delicate/precise electrical conduction system

http://www.heartsite.com/html/electrical_activity.html

Your-doctor

Animated Tutorial

http://www.your-doctor.com/healthinfocenter/medical-conditions/cardiovascular/conductiontutorial.html

Heart Rhythm Society

Patients & Public Information Center

http://www.hrspatients.org

-

Quote!

Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

- Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society

.

It's your future......be there.

. .

WebMD/WebMD forums does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Featuring Experts

James Beckerman, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at the Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic in Portland, OR. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Col...More

Helpful Tips

Mediterranean DietGuest Expert
The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as a booster of heart health. It is linked to lower risks of heart disease, stroke, ... More
Was this Helpful?
10 of 11 found this helpful

Expert Blog

The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center