When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or seek emergency services immediately if you have a fast heart rate and you:
- Faint or feel as though you are going to faint.
- Have severe shortness of breath.
- Have chest pain.
- Have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.
Call your doctor if you are having fluttering in your chest (palpitations) that persists and does not go away quickly or if you have frequent palpitations.
If you have a pacemaker
Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms that could mean your device is not working properly, such as:
- Your heartbeat is very fast or slow, skipping, or fluttering.
- You feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.
- You have shortness of breath that is new or getting worse.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms of a fast or irregular heartbeat include:
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Cardiologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Electrophysiologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioners (NPs) Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistants (PAs) Opens New Window.
Most people who have supraventricular tachycardia need to see a cardiologist or electrophysiologist for follow-up care.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology