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I am 28 year old Male. Recently I noticed an increase in heartbeat after having my lunch. Is this something I have to worry about? What precautions should I take to prevent this? - Asked by A P on 19-Dec-2013 18:17:13

Answer Count: 2    Disorder Type: Cardiac disorders

  • MBBS, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Languages Known: English, Telugu

    Answered by Dr. Satish Potluri on 20-Dec-2013 14:29:47

    Dear SG, How is your health in general? Any issues with thyroid? You may need to start making some adjustments regarding diet like consuming less fatty/ carbohydrate diet. Avoid caffeine/ alcohol/tobacco. Eat in small portions. Your doctor May advice you to have an ECG/ echo/ holster monitor to record the changes in your heart rate. Weight reduction helps. Check your blood pressure. Check thyroid function. See your doctor and make sure nothing life threatening is happening there. Cardiologist can help you to guide this situation. Echocardiogram can help to see if you have any valve issues Do not neglect
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    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 20-Dec-2013 18:43:14

    Dear SG, most causes of palpitations at your age are not life threatening. The usual non threatening causes are thyroid issues or anemia, so you should get blood counts and thyroid function tests checked and also an EKG as Dr. Potluri recommended. EKG helps the doctor figure out if it is a normal but fast heart rate vs irregular fast heart rate. Other serious conditions would be structural heart problems for which you need Echocardiogram. If it is an occasional symptom, the above basic work up is all that is usually required but if you have daily annoying symptoms, a holter monitor or an event monitor is recommended to record the heart rate and rhythm real time when you are having symptoms. For the basic work up suggested above usually seeing a good general internist should be enough, if not the best physician to see would be a heart doctor(cardiologist). Thank you.
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