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Im not sure if what I have experienced was a "panic attack",

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I'm not sure if what I have experienced was a "panic attack", but on rare occasions I experience a random and sudden episode of rapid heartbeat followed by weakness, nausea, sweating, tingling (all over), shaking/trembling. It usually lasts for between 5 to 30 minutes and would be re-triggered by standing up too soon. I wouldn't have any trouble breathing, nor would I feel a "fear" of "dying" or "going crazy" (because I would be too weak to go crazy anyway). Do you think you can narrow down what this might be, and if it's serious or not?

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

these symptoms can be produced by a serious cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. D.J. :

atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachy arrhythmias, WPW syndrome are such examples.

Dr. D.J. :

The chances are low but should be ruled out with EKgs, and a 24 hour holter monitor.

Dr. D.J. :

Anxiety is the secondary diagnosis if no heart cause is found.

Dr. D.J. :

So, please see your doctor for these tests.

Customer:

Ok.... are any of these possibilities life-threatening?

Dr. D.J. :

yes it can be in small number of cases.

Customer:

so you woudn't call it a "panic attack" per se?

Dr. D.J. :

Not until i ruled out the heart problem.

Dr. D.J. :

Also thyroid function should be checked.

Dr. D.J. :

excess thyroid hormones can cause these symptoms as well.

Customer:

Well.... I was told I have an over active thyroid

Customer:

so that might be the case

Dr. D.J. :

ok --that needs to be checked out.

Dr. D.J. :

hyperthyroid can affect the heart causing arrhythmias

Customer:

Very interesting. so Arrhythmia I'm assuming is irregular heartbeat?

Dr. D.J. :

yes correct

Dr. D.J. :

arrhythmia is a general term to encompass any type of irregular heart beats

Customer:

wow, so a simple irregular heartbeat can cause all that chaos. That's mind-blowing

Dr. D.J. :

yes it can

Dr. D.J. :

the reason being--the heart may not be pumping effectively affecting the entire blodd circulation.

Dr. D.J. :

this happens for short period of time during the arrhythmias before resumption to normal.

Customer:

ohhh I see. The last time it happened, I was doing a run, which I had done many runs in the past and I was fine. This one, it happened and I couldnt even stand up to get to my car. My running partner had to carry me

Dr. D.J. :

Ok

Dr. D.J. :

you should address this as soon as possible.

Customer:

I definitely will

Customer:

Thanks so much for this information. It was definitely helpful :-)

Dr. D.J. :

very welcome

Dr. D.J. :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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