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Home | Free Articles | Can a Fast and Rapid Heart Beat Be Deadly? L . . .

Can a Fast and Rapid Heart Beat Be Deadly? Learn 60+ Possible Causes of a "Run Away" Heart
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
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The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of rapid heart beat:
Normal Causes for Increased Heart Beat

  • Exercise or exertion
  • Large meal
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Anger
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
    Medical Conditions That May Cause Increased Heart Beat
  • Arrythmias
  • Tachycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial tachycardia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Electrical conduction disorders
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • Heart disorders
  • Heart failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Prior heart attack
  • Myocarditis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Asthma
  • Anemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Sleep disorders
  • Blood loss
  • Internal bleeding
    Psychological disorders that may cause rapid heart beat include:
  • Panic attack
  • Panic disorder
    Stimulating substances that raise pulse include:
  • Excess adrenaline
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Illicit drugs
  • Amphetamines
    Nutritional Deficiency Causes
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Excessive dieting
    The following drugs, medications, supplements or toxins are some of the possible causes of rapid heart beat.
  • Thyroid pills
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Amphetamines
  • Certain appetite-suppressants
  • Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)
  • Certain anti-asthmatics
  • Salbutamol
  • Theophylline
  • Theodur
  • Ma huang or ephedra
  • Diet pills
  • Uniphyl
  • Quibron
  • Elixophyllin
  • Anticholinergics
  • Sympathomimetics
  • Digoxin
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Hydralazine
  • Minoxidil
    Fast Heart beat is commonly referred to as tachycardia Methods of Evaluating a Rapid Heart Beat
    A fast heart beat can occur intermittently and may not always be captured by an EKG at the doctor's office, you may be asked to use a portable EKG to record your heart rhythm on a continuous basis, usually over a 24-hour period. This is referred to by several names, including ambulatory electrocardiography, ambulatory EKG, Holter monitoring, 24-hour EKG, or cardiac event monitoring. Your doctor may also recommend further tests, including an echocardiogram, to evaluate your heart's function, a stress test or coronary angiogram to determine whether a part of the heart is not getting enough blood, and/or an electrophysiology study.
  • What is the latest research?
  • Several studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduce the risk of ventricular tachycardia and sudden death.
  • Preventative Measures:
  • People with this condition should avoid caffeine-containing foods, which can trigger ventricular tachycardia. Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, colas, various other soft drinks, and chocolate. Also, fad diets such as liquid-based programs or high-protein regimens can affect the concentrations of electrolytes in your bloodstream; this can, in turn, cause problems with your heart.
  • Dr. Grisanti's Comments
    As you can see, a rapid or fast heart beat can be caused by a variety of things. It is important to have your doctor rule out the most dangerous problems and never assume a rapid heart rate is simply due to a nutrient deficiency. Although a nutritional component can be a factor in people suffering with tachycardia, it is wise to do the right thing and have your doctor run the appropriate tests to rule out a more deadly reason for the increased heart rate. It is always best to "err" on the side of prevention!

    Before starting any self treatment Dr. Grisanti recommends that you consider consulting with a doctor trained in functional medicine. Visit to find doctors thoroughly trained in functional medicine

    Functional medicine embraces the totality of the regulatory functions of the body. It encompasses all of the biophysical, biochemical, enzymatic, endocrine, immunological, and bioenergetic regulatory capacities.

    Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.