The excitable heart – palpitations, rapid heart beats, rapid pace of living

One of the most common complaints I get as a cardiologist (besides “Doc you made me wait too long!”) is rapid or irregular heart beats often called palpitations. By and large excitement, stress, caffeine and alcohool are the most common culprits. I wobn’t talk about more serious causes at this time but would be glad to address them at a future date and reassure you they are mostly treatable and not as common causes  as the ones I listed above. 

The heart functions by electrical stimulii or electrical excitement which travel as circuits and lead to heart muscle squeezing or pumping blood to the rest of the body. So this EXCITABLE organ works very closely with the mind and as the eyes and ears are the fodder for the mind you can get excited by what you hear and see.

ith all the pressure  in our United Stress of America , it’s a wonder that 95% of us do not get palpitatiions. Sometimes our sense of smell is enough to do the same. Yes our senses are the greatest culprits causing us to act in any way but sensible. Here the heart is the most easily drawn into the dance of stress by the adrenaline we bathe it in every single day.

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5 Responses to The excitable heart – palpitations, rapid heart beats, rapid pace of living

  1. Sara says:

    Hi. I happened upon this and was hoping that I could get your opinion. It’s regarding an “excitable” heart and what to do to fix the problem. If you don’t mind answering a few questions for me.

  2. Michelle says:

    My best friend has been diagnosed with this excitable heart problem, and has progressed from palpitations to a seizure and today vomiting. Today was surely brought on by a very stressful situation with her son. I’m wondering about the option of taking Xanax when the symptoms first happen, since she doesn’t seem able to calm her mind.

    What do you think about anti-anxiety medications for this situation?

    Thanks,

    Michelle

    • Michael Weiss says:

      Any time palpitations lead to seizures , you have to worry about life threatening cardiac arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or an extremely rapid supraventricular tachycardia, including atrial flutter etc.); all of which can drop the blood pressure and deprive the brain of oxygen thus leading to a seizure. Xanax is not the way to go- to a cardiologist or an electrophysiologist would be the best advice.

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