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Posted by: Help | 2007/03/19

Irregular heart beat

My husband has an irregular heart beat, but he refuse to go to a Doctor. says he doesn't feel weird or sick, just his heart is beating fast, slow, then skip a beat. What'll happen if he leaves this untreated? will he eventually get a heart attack or stroke?

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Dear Help
No normal people can skip a beat now and then and if it happens too often, he will feel bad, dizzy, short of breath etc.

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia is most common among young people and is more unpleasant than dangerous. It may occur during vigorous exercise.Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia may be triggered by a premature heartbeat that repeatedly activates the heart at a fast rate. The fast heart rate tends to begin and end suddenly and may last from a few minutes to many hours. It is almost always experienced as an uncomfortable palpitation. It is often associated with other symptoms, such as weakness, light-headedness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Usually, the heart is otherwise normal. http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec03/ch027/ch027d.html


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