heart arrythmia

Hello! :) so to get straight to the point.. my best friend has been having irregular heartbeats for a while now, and it's very noticeable when you feel his heart beating. when he exerts himself, not only is the heartbeat irregular, but it also feels like it's pounding hard. while I don't know much about the medical field, I do know that some types of heart arrythmia are harmless, some aren't. other than that, sometimes he tells me the side of his right leg goes numb on occasion(could that be related?) Anyways, I've convinced him to set up an appointment with the doctor, long overdue, but he's extremely stubborn. I should mention that he is an avid consumer of energy drinks, and he exercises regularly. I guess my real questions would be...does it sound serious from what little info I could provide? I'm going crazy worrying that he'll just drop dead or something(overly paranoid, I know). and, what is the usual procedure for detecting and treating arrythmia and how long does it usually take to diagnose? Any insight/experience you could share would be appreciated greatly, as I'm wrought with worry over here. ;)

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> he is an avid consumer of energy drinks

Well there's the problem right there.

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Agreeing with captainboner, the drinks are the most highly suspicious without knowing anything else about his history, and it sounds like at least he exercises regularly.

Depends on the arrhythmia, but yeah I guess you could always convert into a much more deadly rhythm. It sounds more like he has benign palpitations though. The workup depends on the cardiologist, but they could do an EKG, some troponins, stress test, and make him carry a holter monitor for 24 hours or so.

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HOCM does not cause arrhythmias... that's not on the table here!

The heart beat you're describing sounds very benign to me--when someone's heart is pounding fast it can easily feel strong and irregular. Listen to his heart rate at rest and if that's irregular, he should ideally get checked out for atrial fibrillation. Even then, on energy drinks, it'd be most likely to be PVCs (extra beats) from all the caffeine!

Benign to my ears, nothing scary :) I think you're just worried about him because of his Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and because you're an awesome person! If I were you I'd rest easy.

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How old is this person? Any associated chest pain? While energy drinks can enduce tachycardia or even SVT, I wouldn't be ok with that as an answer without further testing. Worst case scenario he has HOCM and risks dropping dead. If you want to scare him into seeing a doctor print out a wiki article on HOCM.

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