My heart rate goes 185bpm is this normal?

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In the last 3 weeks, Out of nowhere  my heart will just start racing. My chest will feel on fire, I feel like I just ran a few miles, and I feel very light headed. My resting heart rate is around 100 and it will just shoot up to anywhere between 140-185 while I’m sitting down. It’ll last anywhere from 1 hour to a few days, but usually only stays above 150 for an hour. I’ve been to the hospital 2 times in the last 2 weeks for it. They did blood tests, EKG, checked my thyroid, and said everything was normal. They just waited for my heart rate to slow down and sent me this normal? It’s been becoming more frequent and making everything difficult for me. It’s giving me anxiety because I get scared when my heart beats 180bpm, even though the doctor said it’s normal. They just said I have tachycardia. Is it normal to just get that out of nowhere? What do I do? I won’t be able to see a specialist for 4 more weeks since I’m on vacation and the hospital said that’s fine....

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    Go to another hospital, keep checking, if they all say its fine, then maybe it is, but that does sound fast to me, but I am not a doctor.

    Most adults have a resting heart rate of 60-100 beats per minute (bpm). The fitter you are, the lower your resting heart rate is likely to be. For example, athletes may have a resting heart rate of 40-60 bpm or lower.

    Anyone out there a doctor?

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    NO it is not normal, and if it lasts for more than say 20 mins, get to the hospital.

    ​My husband was told there was nothing wrong with him by GP and local hospital, a nurse told me take him to the heart hospital, Brisbane has a specialist heart hospital with a Emergency Dept for general medicine, there reaction was completely different, admitted him for 8 days diagnosed exactly what was wrong, and stablised him, for the last 7 years he has been taking tablets that keep him well.

    ​Dizzy, - your heart is beating so fast the chambers cannot refill with blood before the contraction pushes blood out again, are you also breathless when fast heart beats happen, I would think so, and I would be surprised if you did not get anxious, being dizzy and breathless.

    ​Just a hint, NO coffee, NO energy drinks, NO chocolate, these can all be a stimulant and cause problems, energy drinks for me are a nightmare of extremely fast heart beats, for obvious reasons I no longer drink them.

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    My resting heart rate was about 85 bpm.

    ?I reckon it was periodically racing but would resolve. 

    ?I got to stage when it stuck at 163 bpm when measured on a pulse oximeter.

    ?I spent a night like that but felt I needed to go to A&E.

    ?I was diagnosed as having Supraventricular Tachycardia which needed admission for emergency treatment for six days - was told I would be in serious trouble if it had continued for over 48 hrs.

    ?Now treated with drugs to stabilise.

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