I have a hard thumping heartbeat and become lightheaded

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Submitted by Dr T on May 17, 2011 – 7:35am

Question: 
I have a hard thumping heartbeat several times per day. I have to take a deep breath immediately after. I feel a little lightheaded especially if I am lying down. Should I worry for dismiss it?

See your doctor and get an EKG and better yet, a Holter monitor test. These type of palpitations can range from perfectly benign to potentially dangerous:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/ca-blog/alone-with-pvcs-and-pvcs/
https://www.cardiachealth.org/ca-blog/palpitations/
https://www.cardiachealth.org/ca-blog/palpitations-and-fainting/
You’ll find these are rather common complaints and most people don’t need treatment, only reassurance once their heart proves OK.
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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