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Gemma asked...

I have strong heart palpitations.

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I'm 26 and female. I first had a palpitation when I was heavily pregnant with my second child nearly 6 years ago. Then about a year later I started getting them on and off just little ones.

I then started getting them for months then they would stop for maybe a week or so and now for the last year and a half I get them everyday or/and night and are very strong. I have them for hours at a time and at there worst I can have loads in just 1 minute.

I have been to my doctor many times. I had a 24 hour heart monitor on a few weeks ago, but typically I had a good night that night apart from dizziness and when I was dizzy my heart rate was 144 BPM the heart monitor results said.

My doctor gave me Bisoprolol Fumarate 1.25 mg Tablets but she didn't tell me why. I started the tablets 2 days ago. But I don't feel any different other then when I take my heart rate, it's slow at the moment it's 63 BPM.

I've had headaches and sharp pains in my head for nearly 4 months, dizziness everyday and getting worse. I have really bad strong palpitations every night lasting hours and I was wondering if you could give me some advice, I feel my doctor isn't listening to me.

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The answer

As you are not feeling well and, so far, have no explanation or reassurance for your symptoms, it would be worthwhile getting a second opinion.

There are a few simple tests that could be done to rule out serious causes of palpitations. You need to have your thyroid gland tested because an overactive thyroid can cause palpitations and fast heart rates. This is done by having a simple blood test. The heart rate can be monitored for longer than 24 hours, to catch potential palpitations and arrhythmias that happen less frequently.

You could also ask your doctor if you can have a longer heart monitor test to try and catch one of the episodes.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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