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18 Aug 2006

fast heart and wierd feelings
I've been a bit bit concerned lately about my fast heart (usually around 110 beats per minute) and I often get palitations where I am so uncomfortable with the heart beating so forcefully. My heart rate can then go over 120.
Once in a while I also get these aweful sensations often when I am sitting quietly. It feels as if my whole chest is imploding, sqeezing all my breath out. I'm normally feeling pretty shocked afterwards!
My mom died at 52 from her heart.
I also feel so tired all the time and went to my GP for it but he just gave me Vit B.
Should I go to a cardiologist or GP and how expensive is the cardiologist?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Mia,

You have already been to a GP, who has missed the point entirely, so why go again? No, you have an intermittent arrhythmia, and you need to know what arrhythmia this is, and what causes it, so that the correct treatment can be provided. The person to make this diagnosis is a cardiologist, as he has the knowledge, experience and equipment for diagnosis that a GP does not have. For example, if these palpitations comes at odd times and then go again, a random ECG may look totally normal, unless you happen to be lucky enough to be having these palpitations at the very time the ECG is being done. Cardiologists use a Holter monitor to “catch” the palpitations : this is a kind of mini-ECG you wear continuously for 24-48 hours while you go about your normal daily routine. So, whenever the palpitations happen, even in your sleep, it will be captured on the ECG. The cardiologist can then analyse the rhythm strip printed out, and make a proper diagnosis. As you have a family history of heart disease, please don’t waste your time and money – go straight to a cardiologist. Any doctor can refer you to a cardiologist, so ask your GP or his receptionist to arrange it for you. You may also need to have blood tests to check your thyroid function, but this the cardiologist can also arrange.

I have no idea what the cardiologists in your area charge: you are free to ask for a quote before you accept the booking. Alternatively, you could ask to be referred to a state hospital, but there is a very long waiting list here.

Good luck.

HeartDoc
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