What Causes and How to Treat Post-Exercise Heart Palpitations?

What Causes and How to Treat Post-Exercise Heart Palpitations?
Published on, 09 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Nagi Azzi and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm a 23-year-old male athlete, generally in good shape with no pre-existing conditions except for OCD and anxiety. I used to be a swimmer and I'm getting back into it. After two intense timed swims, I noticed that my heart was beating very fast, which I expected, but there were also some extra beats in there. I didn't experience any other symptoms, but as someone with anxiety and OCD, it really worried me. Is this a normal thing to happen after intense exercise?


Answered by Dr. Nagi Azzi


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Evaluation Recommendations:

you need to Undergo an evaluation, including an ECG and blood tests for TSH, calcium, magnesium, and electrolytes.


Possible Causes Consideration:

If these tests come back normal, your palpitations may be related to anxiety.


Comprehensive Assessment Suggestion:

To get a comprehensive assessment of your heart function, consider an echocardiogram and stress testing.


Final Note:

Don't be overly alarmed; seeking medical advice is the right step for proper evaluation.




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