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Irregular thumping heartbeat combo

For several months I have been experiencing bouts of almost fainting combined with a thumping heartbeat which I feel in my head as well as my chest. Sometimes this is combined with shortness of breath. This can happen when I am sitting down or when I am standing up. When it happens I feel the need to stop whatever I am doing and wait for it to pass. I find this very distressing, as I am not sure what is going to happen. I am a 40 year old woman, do not smoke, and am not overweight. Any advice as to what could be causing this would be greatly appreciated.

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Safflets
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Have you seen your doctor? I think that would be the best place to start. The shortness of breath may be a concern combined with the thumping.
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Does the near fainting occur before or after you feel the thumping? If it is after, you could be scaring yourself into thinking you are about to faint. Same thing with the shortness of breath. Definitely go to the doc and get checked out. Once you are given the all clear, you can just let it thump. Easier said than done! I hope everything works out.
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Is the thumping heartbeat a single beat, or many recurring "heavy" beats in succession?  

Also, which comes first - the almost fainting, or the heavy beat(s).

Without question, If you're worried you should see a doctor.
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