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A sustained heart rate of 140 is not a good thing for the heart. I am glad you are avoiding caffeine and other stimulants. Thyroid conditions can contribute to increased and decreased heart rates. If you have had monitors and stress tests than you are most likely already under the care of a cardiologist. <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/medicallibrary/MedLibrary.page?medlib=1&section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=ps1550">Ablations</a> are performed by a specially trained cardiologist called an electrophysiologist. The best treatment for a fast heart rate is not always an ablation, and medical evaluation and therapy is almost always tried first and is usually the only thing that is needed. I would recommend a detailed conversation with your doctor about referral to a cardiologist you can best asses the cause and treatment plan for your fast heart rate. <strong>Read more:</strong> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/heart/heart.page">Heart disease articles, videos, and other resources</a>
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My heart rate sometimes shoots up to the 140-150 range. I also get palpitations. I can sometimes settle my heart by holding my breath and bearing down. I stay away from caffeine and other stimulants but I do take thyroid medication. What causes this?

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Junaid Khan, M.D.Junaid Khan, M.D.Cardiovascular SurgeryAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Junaid Khan, M.D.Cardiovascular SurgeryAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Junaid Khan's professional interests include; minimally invasive surgery, robotics surgery, surgery for atrial fibrillation, treatment of chronic angina, transmyocadrial evasularization, advanced mitral valve repair techniques and thorascopic lobectomy for lung cancer.

A sustained heart rate of 140 is not a good thing for the heart. I am glad you are avoiding caffeine and other stimulants. Thyroid conditions can contribute to increased and decreased heart rates. If you have had monitors and stress tests than you are most likely already under the care of a cardiologist.

Ablations are performed by a specially trained cardiologist called an electrophysiologist. The best treatment for a fast heart rate is not always an ablation, and medical evaluation and therapy is almost always tried first and is usually the only thing that is needed.

I would recommend a detailed conversation with your doctor about referral to a cardiologist you can best asses the cause and treatment plan for your fast heart rate.

Read more:
- Heart disease articles, videos, and other resources

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