Chronic tachycardia as a possible symptom of underlying diseases
Tachycardia is the medical term that describes a heart rate that exceeds 100 beats per minute. In adults, normal heart rates range from 60 to 100 beats per minute, athletes have lower heart rates, and infants have higher heart rates.
A person who has tachycardia may have a feeling that his heart is beating very fast, namely he feels the so-called “fluttering” in the heart. This feeling is something observed quite often, especially in moments of intense emotion, great joy or sadness. In some cases, tachycardia is caused as a normal response of the body, after intense stress or increased physical activity.
Usually, these types of palpitations do not foretell any danger, especially when they occur in young people. However, sometimes, when they persist for a long time, they need a medical examination, because they may indicate a pathological condition or conceal an underlying disease.
The most common causes of Tachycardia
The most common factors that can cause tachycardia are:
- Stimulants (coffee, tea, chocolate)
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Increased physical activity
- Intense stress
- Various volatile substances that are inhaled, such as solvents contained in paints, adhesives, varnishes or gasoline.
- The use of certain medications (psychotropic drugs, antihypertensives, decongestants, some medications used for the common cold and cough, as well as those given to treat thyroid disease)
- Drug use
- Electrolyte imbalance in the body
Chronic palpitations as a possible symptom of underlying diseases
When tachycardia persists for a long time, certain underlying diseases may be the main underlying cause of this problem.
Diseases of the thyroid gland
Thyroid disease is largely responsible for causing palpitations, as thyroid hormones regulate, among other things, the heartbeat. For this reason, people with thyroid disease experience heart palpitations, “fluttering” and emergency heart contractions, without any heart disease.
Heart palpitations are often due to hormonal imbalance that occur in the body of women during the premenopausal phase. The constant decrease of estrogen in the female body results hot flashes, as well as tachycardia. Many women have reported that when they go through the Menopause phase, they feel a tightness in their chest and are overwhelmed by a feeling of heartbeat, even when they are not stressed.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is an extremely complex disorder in which the patient feels excessive and chronic fatigue. This constant fatigue can not be explained by any other pathological condition of the person and does not subside with sleep and rest. On the contrary, it gets worse over time. One of the many different symptoms that can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is tachycardia.
Cardiovascular diseases and thoracic diseases
Various cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular disease and hypertension, can cause heart palpitations in patients. Some lung disease can also lead to palpitations.
Anemia and Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Anemia is largely to blame for the increase in heart rate, as a result of the intense physical exertion of the human body. In fact, the presence of various “short circuits” in the electrical system of the heart, such as the relatively common Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome, may be responsible for causing tachycardia.
Acid reflux and bloating
The feeling of “burning” in the chest is a sign of regression. Furthermore, if after each meal a person feels bloated in the upper abdomen, he may be suffering from some stomach disease, for example gastritis. All of these conditions are often responsible for the presence of palpitations.
Detecting the cause of palpitations
A visit to the doctor is considered necessary, if the heartbeat is fast and beats rhythmically, without any obvious reason, with this situation bothering the person for a long time.
If at the same time the palpitations coexist with symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath and “fluttering” that occur more than 30 times a day, a medical examination is necessary to determine if there is an underlying disease.
In the first stage, a complete medical history is requested, in which the patient is asked to record the duration of the symptoms, the frequency with which the palpitations occur, as well as factors related to his eating habits and the use of drugs. Based on the symptoms and the history of each patient, the tests that will be performed are determined.
The usual therapeutic approaches for the treatment of palpitations
Conventional therapeutic approaches to treating palpitations may include drugs such as beta-blockers, sedatives, antiarrhythmics, etc.
Modern Medical Treatment of Tachycardia
If the palpitations manifest as a symptom of other important disorders lurking in our body, then the problem can be solved, if the cause is eliminated. The clinical context that is based on the investigation and elimination of the real causes is the Modern Medical Reality.
The cellular detection of the real causes of palpitations can be achieved through specialized diagnostic tests, which evaluate biochemical indicators, accurately capture the actual state of the organism at a given time and can identify underlying diseases, such as Hyperthyroidism.
At the same time, they record the metabolic functions of our body, paying special attention to all clinical symptoms and making visible deviations or imbalances.
All these methods assist the doctor, so that he can take all the necessary steps in order to address the causes of the problem. Based on the diagnostic findings, individualized treatment protocols are developed based on the strengthening of the immune system, the reduction of inflammation, the restoration of hormonal balance and the correction of any nutrient deficiencies.
Protocols may include Micro-Nutrient Therapies, Natural Hormones, and Molecular Nutrition, under medical supervision. Thus, the overall health of the patient is promoted, his quality of life is enhanced and then underlying disease can be treated.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).
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