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My heart rate is really fast...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 8, 2006
  • 01:20 AM

My heart rate is extremely fast. I'm a 16 year old female and my heart rate on average is about 120. This is when I'm sitting doign nothing. When I excersize it gets up to 180 and higher. I don't really excersize, but my heart has always been like this, even when I did used to excersize. My brother is also like this, but my mom isn't. I also have sharp chest pains that can last for a couple of seconds, and even walking fast makes me need to catch my breath. Please help me:( Is this cureable?

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  • You definitely have to see a cardiologist. He will be able to set your mind at ease by giving you a stress test. Some people have naturally fast heart rates. How is your blood pressure? Is it normal (120/80) or higher than that? Maybe a beta blocker can be used to slow down the heart rate if the doctor finds it to be abnormal. You have to get this checked out!:confused:
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 8, 2006
    • 02:14 AM
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  • You need to see a cardiologist..no question about that. I was diagnosed with WPW when I was 13. This is an extra electrical passage way that causes irregular heart rate at times. I first started having sharp chest pains. Later, came the fast heart rate. I described it to my doctor as a light switch. It wasnt like when you exercise and your heart rate gradually increases, it was like a light switch was turned on in my heart to make it beat so fast. It would stay elevated for seconds at a time and then as fast as it started it would stop. Sometimes, I would feel dizzy or stumble as this happened. I was very active in soccer and cheerleading, and dissopointed that I would have to postpone my activities until after I had the surgery. The surgery took a couple of hours and I went home the next day. I didnt have any pain afterwards and I was back to all my normal activities within a week or two. You need to see your cardiologist because it could be something potentialy serious, yet easily fixed. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 8, 2006
    • 03:04 AM
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