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what are the causes of shortness of breath, heart palpitations

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what are the causes of shortness of breath, heart palpitations and increased heart rate? over a long period of time
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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at your age, most common it is from increased anxiety and excessive

Dr. David :

do you have a history of increased anxiety or panic symptoms?

Customer:

Hi Dr.David

Dr. David :

hello.

Customer:

No i do not have history of that

Dr. David :

how fast is your heart rate?

Customer:

i dont have a monitor but i cheaked it from my neck and it was around 80-85 beats per minute

Dr. David :

high thyroid hormone function can cause fast heart rate and heart palpitations

Dr. David :

but usually high thyroid hormone levels do not cause shortness of breath

Dr. David :

you are 19 years old?

Dr. David :

usually at your age, heart problems are not common.

Customer:

yeah 19 and i smoke maybe the shortness of breath it coming from that

Dr. David :

most likely not.

Dr. David :

usually you have to smoke for years and years and decades for smoking to cause shortness of breath.

Dr. David :

I don't think you have been smoking for that long.

Dr. David :

you should see a doctor and get blood testing to check for thyroid hormone levels

Dr. David :

and see if that is elevated.

Dr. David :

and see if you have excessive anxiety

Dr. David :

or possible panic attacks.

Dr. David :

do you have any other questions?

Customer:

okay i will do that right away

Customer:

and also little effort makes my heart increase like walking up stairs

Dr. David :

I see.

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let me know if you have other questions.

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thank you very much Dr.David

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Customer:

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