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there, can you tell me what might be the cause of palpitations

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Hi there, can you tell me what might be the cause of palpitations and breathing difficulty? I've had some perplexing symptoms for a long time now but recently, can't catch my breath and heart races with the slightest exertion. I had a chest x-ray. Also some antibiotics but the symptoms are now getting so bad. Also producing far too much mucus but is the heart pumping faster to compensate for a lung problem, or the shortness of breath a heart problem? Grateful for your advice.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
Have you had any heart tests?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
You need some. It could be a heart issue
I recommend an EKG, echo cardiogram and a holter monitor
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

OK, thank you. What can cause breathing difficulties and palpitations? I also have loud tinnitus, a lot of mucus, and pain in the upper back/chest. The Dr suggested it could be asthmatic bronchitis and gave antibiotics but they've not helped. It also doesn't even mention the heart in the symptoms of A/B, and the slightest exertion makes the heart beat too quickly. Is there anything I can help lessen the symptoms that's OTC until I can get proper tests? Thanks v much.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
That does sound like something respiratory to me
you could be developing pneumonia
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Apologies for the delay, would pneumonia not show on the X-ray? What would you suggest? TYVM

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
pneumonia doesn't necessarily show up on xray.
CAT scan may be needed
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you Dr Phil. Is it possible to have no cough at all with pneumonia? I actually had pneumonia in 2005 but it was very different to this. However, the pain is similar. There are 2 kinds of pain, a constant 'bruised' pressure pain, right around my chest/upper back and an intermittent sharper pain. The palpitations happen every time I move, even just to stand. It's like a constant fluttering and pulse that goes right through me, as if I had just been on a sprint/run. If you need me to rate this and start a new feed, happy to. I really need a solution but didn't think pneumonia could present so differently or without any cough. Would it still fit? Or what conditions present with the pain, a lot of mucus, tinnitus with the palpitations and breathing difficulties? The other thing is I am drinking a LOT of water, always thirsty, not sure if that is helpful or not. Thanks ever so. Appreciate your help.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
yes, it is possible.
That would be great. why don't we rate this and start a new feed and go from there
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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
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