Children across the country are gearing up for the season of examinations. Most children will be neck deep in books preparing for board and various entrance exams. It is as plain as a pikestaff that the syllabus comes with its own baggage of stress.
Dr. K.M Mandana, Director-Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur said, “The stress of exam can hinder with the heart and cause a few issues. While conditions such as cardiac arrests are extremely rare, palpitations and arrhythmia are common.”
Heart palpitations are the feeling of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Stress, exercise, medication or, rarely, a medical condition can trigger them. Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they’re usually harmless. In rare cases, they can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and might require treatment.
Dr. Mandana said, “We see that most of the children have high heart rates and arrhythmia during the preparatory time. Students skip meals due to lack of time which causes hyper acidity or acid reflux in the stomach. This also leads to feelings of chest pains and palpitations which add into the problems of arrhythmia.”
Students should seek emergency medical attention if they experience the following:
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Severe shortness of breath
- Severe dizziness