Few questions regarding my heart.

Hey everyone here, thanks for being available!

Basic info:

~130lbs
~Age 21

Okay, so first of all, I've never felt my heart as much as I do now. It is extremely strange and sort of hard to describe.

One symptom is an occasional tightness in the region of my heart. It doesn't last very long, nor does it hurt very much, but it's enough for me to to notice and feel uncomfortable.

Second, sometimes I feel it beating abnormally hard. I was a swimmer in high school, but it has been a while since I have regularly worked out. At this point, it just feels like it is beating too hard for what I am doing. This is seldom, but seems to accompany the tightness.

Third, it feels like it is beating too fast as well. Again, this is not all the time, but enough for me to notice.

I've read up on dehydration possibly causing these symptoms and I am trying to drink more water recently but I'm still feeling these them.

Thanks to all those out there who answer, and if you need any more info feel free to ask. I'd really like to hear some useful information before I decide if I want to go get it checked out.

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There's more questions that need answering that would help a little bit. Especially demographics:
M/F, ethnicity. Do you have any nausea when these events occur? At any time did you feel like passing out? Is there anything you can think of that coincides w/ the tightness such as a trigger? Any recent new stressors in your life? Any medications you are currently on (lots of teens are overdiagnosed w/ ADD and are on amphetamines)? There's a bunch more, but Dvdrummer360 pretty much has the correct final answer regardless of what we help diagnose you with... you need a full workup. Could be anything that is causing what sounds like palpitations... anxiety, hyperthyroidism, etc.

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Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. What you say sounds correct, I probably don't consume enough potassium. I will definitely get some bananas in the mean time while I wait to get it checked out.

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Well, I'm male and Caucasian. I do not have nausea when it happens, though it has happened once. I attributed that to being slightly dehydrated and I have been drinking a TON more water since. Haven't felt light headed since.

There is nothing I can think of that triggers it, because it is very spontaneous. Most of the time I notice it when I'm just sitting back and playing a game.

As well as that, I am not on any medications.

I do appreciate your reply and will take /u/Dvdrummer360's advice until I can go and get it checked out.

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Your demographics put you at quite a low risk of this being some major cardiac problem, but regardless you will still need a full workup. Dvdrummer360's advice is sound as arrhythmias can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, but however I do caution you against downing too much potassium in your diet (bananas in moderation is a-ok). Reasoning for this is #1: we don't know if it is an electrolyte problem with your potassium specifically. #2: low potassium as well as high potassium levels can cause arrhythmias (it is actually more worrisome to be hypERkaelmic and have too much). Let's say for instance if you have problems with your kidneys and aren't able to excrete the potassium at a regular rate, the build up in your body would actually be far worse than having it at low levels and can lead to cardiac arrest.

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This sounds like dysrhythmias. It's when your heart beats a little sooner than it's supposed to and you can feel it easier. I'd recommend seeing a doctor about this, so that he can find you a prescription. In the mean time, try eating bananas. This is usually caused by low potassium.

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