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A 25-year-old female asked:

Heart beat feels like every thump is heavy & forceful like it's really pumping hard, but i checked my heart rate with a pulsoxy an it's 79bpm causes?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
May be true?: You need an echocardiogram. If you have certain valvular issues, (e.g. severe aortic insufficiency or severe mitral regurgitation) or a rare entity called "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy", you may be feeling an unusually forceful heat beat. Alternatively, you may have "cardiac awareness." An echo will sort this out. The treatments are different.

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