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Heart Palpitations
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Heart Palpitations

Hello, I am 15 years old and have heart palpitations almost on a daily basis, the first one was about a year ago after a baseball game, i had recently been on a diet and ate like a pig at the game, i looked on the internet and i found somewhere that swift dietary changes can cause these so i didnt worry. I started more frequently a few months ago but just ignored them, sometimes after working out, or while im just resting, i'll get them, i also notice that my heart beats quickly from a small amount of exercise, maybe i just don't exercise enough? i was off of school for a few weeks because of march break and really did nothing but sit around and play video games, i could just be out of shape. can u help me plz?
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Dear  Dilenw,

Palpitations can occur for essentially a couple of reasons:  either it is an arrhythmia (abnormal fast heart rhythm) or it isn't.  Without evaluating you, I cannot tell what the source of your palpitations is.  The reasons for it not being an arrhythmia most commonly are insufficient fluid intake (should be at least 32-48 ounces/day, plus no caffeine, plus no skipping meals) or being out of shape (deconditioned).  I recommend that you have your primary care provider evaluate your history and examine you to ensure that there are no other potential reasons for this.  In the meantime, you should make sure that you have enough fluid intake, etc.  And, you should probably be working up to exercise at least 60 minutes on a daily basis.  I can say that swift dietary changes shouldn't necessarily cause palpitations.  However, if you are sedentary, you will certainly feel your heart beating faster with exercise.
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