Cardiac Symptoms

Rapid Heart Rate

Rapid Heart Rate

A fast heart rate, also known as tachycardia, refers to a heart rate that is higher than the normal resting heart rate, which is typically between 60 to 100 beats per minute in adults. Tachycardia can be caused by various factors and may range from mild to severe depending on the underlying cause and the individual’s overall health. Some potential causes of a fast heart rate include:

  1. Physical Activity: During exercise or any physically demanding activity, the heart rate naturally increases to meet the body’s increased oxygen and nutrient demands.
  2. Stress and Anxiety: Emotional stress or anxiety can trigger the release of stress hormones, leading to an increased heart rate.
  3. Fever or Infection: Elevated body temperature during fever or infections can raise the heart rate.
  4. Stimulants: Consumption of stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, or certain medications can lead to a temporary increase in heart rate.
  5. Dehydration: Inadequate fluid intake can cause a drop in blood volume, leading to an elevated heart rate.
  6. Anemia: Reduced red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels can make the heart beat faster to compensate for the reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
  7. Thyroid Disorders: An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) can lead to an increased heart rate.
  8. Heart Conditions: Various heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, or supraventricular tachycardia, can cause abnormal rapid heart rhythms.
  9. Medications: Some medications, such as certain asthma drugs or decongestants, can lead to an increased heart rate as a side effect.
  10. Illicit Drug Use: Certain illicit drugs, such as cocaine or amphetamines, can cause tachycardia.

The symptoms of tachycardia may include a rapid or pounding heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness, and fainting in severe cases.

Treatment for fast heart rate depends on the underlying cause and the severity of symptoms. In some cases, managing stress, avoiding stimulants, staying hydrated, and making lifestyle changes can help regulate the heart rate. However, if tachycardia is caused by an underlying medical condition or if it becomes persistent and bothersome, medical evaluation and treatment are essential.

If you or someone you know experiences a persistently fast heart rate or if there are accompanying symptoms like chest pain, fainting, or severe dizziness, seek immediate medical attention. A healthcare professional can diagnose the cause of tachycardia through various tests, and depending on the findings, they may recommend medication, lifestyle changes, or other interventions to manage the condition.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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