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what does it mean when your heart flutters a lot

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Investigate.: That symptom, which we would generally term "palpitations" requires some investigation into cause. It doesn't mean there's something bad causing them ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Fluttering : Fluttering heartbeats are generally termed palpitations and can be triggered by stress, exercise, medication or sometimes by an underlying medical con ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
See cardiologist: Stress is bad only if you feel you have no control over the situation.Since you are having symptoms (heart fluttering often) it would be a good idea t ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Oh answered
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Arrythmia: Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a condition where heart's conduction system is abnormal and puts you at risk for stroke. You need to see a doc to di ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Oh answered
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Ectopy: The heart beats by electrical conduction system through the cardiac muscles - sometimes it can skip a beat or beat irregularly - these are known as ar ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Sheppeck
35 years experience Vascular Surgery
May be normal findin: If you are thin and lying down, it could be possible to see/feel the pulsation of your aorta in your abdomen. If you are obese, this would be more dif ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: The aorta is the largest artery in your body. It travels against your spine just to the left of the midline. If you are thin and push hard enough yo ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Chuang
16 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
See a doctor ASAP: A main artery, the aorta, runs from the heart down to the abdomen, called the abdominal aorta. If the walls of the vessel weaken and the artery bulge ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Interesting: Might have a stenosis of the penile artery.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Diffe ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Feeling Aortic Pulse: Most likely you are feeling the pulse of the abdominal aorta, (about middle, below ribs & above navel) much easier to feel in slender people becau ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Maturani
23 years experience Hospital-based practice
Dysrhythmia: Could by palpitations caused by a dysrhythmia i.e. Flutter or fib. Should have your doc check you out or go to er. They will check ekg and do blood wo ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Pitts
27 years experience Family Medicine
Many possibilities: The pulse is not going to be different in the neck from anywhere else in the body, but it may be more noticeable to you there. The pulse can race for ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of bl ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Probably nothing: But would recommend discussing with your physician if frequent & bothersome.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Skips: What is usually happening is an extra beat which feels like a 'skip'. This is very common and doesn't necessarily have any evil import. If you have a ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Extrasystoles: Usually it means you're having premature heart beats(Pac's, pvc,s) and the skip is actually a pause following the early beat. These premature beats c ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Heartbeat in stomach: This sensation can be normal but at times it may signify a bulging out of the aorta or other vessel called an aneurysm of the vessel. This could be d ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Palpitations: Skipping is common and not, in itself, a concern. Smoking very definitely makes it worse! Coughing is a good thing to do when you feel them. Avoid nic ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Warren Foster
19 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Common symptom: It could be a result of the heart itself resting upon the diaphragm (breathing muscle) which lies, just above the stomach. It could also mean the mai ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Aorta: It generally means one of two things: either you're very thin or you may have an aortic aneurysm. If you're not thin, you need an abdominal ultrasound ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
May be nothing, or..: The sensation of irregular heart beats may be entirely benign, or a harbinger of more serious cardiac conditions. That the symptoms are rare and pres ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
May not be a problem: Some people feel their heart beat, even when it's beating normally, like in a quiet environment. If there are episodic irregular beats, for whatever ... Read More
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