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In the last few weeks I've had 3 episodes each lasting a couple of minutes when my heart has started to race. I've been sitting down during 2 of them and not doing anything strenuous, but can feel it pounding away. I've also had times when I feel a bit weak and lightheaded as if I've not eaten enough, although I have. Should I be concerned? I am otherwise fine and not on any medication.
Thanks everyone. I'm 39 so I would have thought too young for hormones? I don't feel anxious about anything and have never had panic attacks. However, I'll make an appointment to see my GP and get it checked out.
you must request a T3 & T4 check (for thryoid probs) as they dont usually include them unless told too. If there is a history within the family too it follows suit in most cases. Sorry to bang on about it but one of the symptoms of Hyperthryoidism is Taccycardia (rapid heart rate).
As everyone says - go to the GP. And start making notes of when/how often it happens - they'll probably want to do an ECG (which is not a big deal at all so don't worry) but your heart may not misbehave to order!
Drink a glass of water next time it happens (dehydration can be a factor). Ice-cold water is even better as it triggers the vagus nerve which may sort your heart out.
I really wouldn't worry stealthpolarbear, palpitations are really really common. Worth having a chat with your GP if you are worried though...and having some basic checks done.
I really REALLY wish people would let others know the results of their investigations after they have expressed health concerns on here...as it may well reassure others having the same probs.
I had a spate of palpitations a year or so ago...sometimes it lasted for over an hour. GP referred me to a cardiologist. Went on a 24 hour monitor...and everything was just fine. He put it down to anxiety in the end and recommended some techniques to help if it happened again...ie controlled breathing.
Perhaps the OP will come back and tell us what happened with her!?
most of those feeling something strange have ectopic beats. They are extremely common and usually harmless. But a racing heart is not quite the same. So stealthpolarbear read about them here www.londonarrhythmiacentre.co.uk/diagnosis-ectopics.html and see if that sounds like you.