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Palpitations and fainting
I am concerned not only about his palpitations, but especially about your husband concerns about fainting. If true, it means that during those episodes his brain is not getting enough blood.
"Benign" palpitations, while uncomfortable are not associated with other side effects. If you like to read more about this, take a look here:
I also don't like these big variations in rate from very fast to very slow. My advice to you is therefore to ask your doctor for an EP-study.
An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test that records the electrical activity and the electrical pathways of the heart. This test is used to help determine the cause of heart rhythm disturbance and the best treatment. During the EP study, abnormal heart rhythm will be tested with different medications to see which one controls it best or to determine whether a cardioverter/defibrillator(ICD)is needed.
You may need an EP study:
* To determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm.
* To locate the site of origin of an abnormal heart rhythm.
* To decide the best treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm.
Hope this helps,
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