Can a Fast and Rapid Heart Beat Be Deadly? Learn 60+ Possible Causes of a "Run Away" Heart
The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of rapid heart beat:
Exercise or exertion
Normal Causes for Increased Heart Beat
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Medical Conditions That May Cause Increased Heart Beat
Electrical conduction disorders
Congestive heart failure
Prior heart attack
Psychological disorders that may cause rapid heart beat include:
Stimulating substances that raise pulse include:
Nutritional Deficiency Causes
Vitamin B deficiency
The following drugs, medications, supplements or toxins are some of the possible causes of rapid heart beat.
Ma huang or ephedra
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.
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 www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com 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.