I have a hard thumping heartbeat and become lightheaded

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Q:

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?

A:

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:
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/ca-blog/alone-with-pvcs-and-pvcs/
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/ca-blog/palpitations/
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/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
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment

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