Praveen K. Rao, MD

Praveen K. Rao, MD, is a cardiac electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include ventricular arrhythmias, premature ventricular complexes, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Rao subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is also an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology.

Is your heart racing from anxiety or an arrhythmia?

Heart palpitations. Chest pain. Sweating. A strange fluttering sensation in your chest. These are common symptoms of anxiety or a panic attack, but they are also signs of a dangerous heart condition called atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat. Although we all experience moments of heightened stress or excitement — when our hearts seem to “skip …

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