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Heart beat fast for elderly

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: October 27, 2020 9:09 AM

Anonymous 8 months

hi my mom is close to 70 years old and have highblood pressure. currently, she have experienced fast heart beat for her age (am not sure what is the real cause yet). was thinking it may be possibly tachycardia but would like to seek for medical experts on how best to verify such symptom?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 8 months
General Practitioner

Greetings, thank you for your enquiry regarding your breast.

The answer given below is just a general reply to your enquiry. Kindly speak to the doctor to get a more detailed and accurate answer to your enquiry.

Tachycardia is a condition that makes your heart beat more than 100 times per minute. There are three types of it:

  • Supraventricular: This happens when the electrical signals in the organ’s upper chambers misfire and cause the heart rate to speed up. It beats so fast that it can’t fill with blood before it contracts. That reduces blood flow to the rest of your body.

  • Ventricular: This is a rapid heart rate that starts in your heart’s lower chambers. It happens when the electrical signals in these chambers fire the wrong way. Again, the heart beats so fast that it can’t fill with blood or pump it through the rest of your body.

  • Sinus tachycardia. This happens when your heart’s natural pacemaker sends out electrical signals faster than normal. Your ticker beats fast, but it beats the way it should.

No matter which type of tachycardia your mother might have, you may feel:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations

Don’t wait until your mother get the symptom. Take care of her heart starting NOW.

In extreme cases, your mother could become unconscious or go into cardiac arrest.

But sometimes, a super-fast heart rate causes no symptoms at all.

To further explore into your mother’s condition accurately, further information via discussion is required before reaching a conclusion. Therefore, it is suggested that you refer this to a medical doctor. Please click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors on the line for personalised online consultation. Thank you.

Fast heartbeat can be a symptom of heart disease. Get a cardiologist to weigh in on your mother’s symptoms today.

Last Updated: Tue Oct 27 2020 09:09:19 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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