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Yesterday, while watching television, I had a sudden onset

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Yesterday, while watching television, I had a sudden onset of burning internal heat, profuse sweating and my feet and arms felt cold to the touch. It was like I went into shock for a few minutes. It only lasted about 5-7 minutes.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

That is a a neurocardiogenic attack also known as vasovagal attack.

THis can occur with intense emotional or stressful viewing, any sudden stress practically.

This can result in the drop in blood pressure, increased pulse rate for sometime before heart resumes normal functioning.

Usually not concerning.

But sometimes, this can be due to the underlying heart condition like myocardial infarction.

Hence, a clinical evaluation by your doctor is recommended.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.

This could have been a heart attack or a heart arrhythmia. Your heart needs a full check before we call it anything else.

I would get to ER now for this. It is important to have it looked at right away