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A 21-year-old female asked:

why is it when you feel really upset, your heart feels like its beating out of your chest?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
When we are upset: we produce additional adrenaline and other neurotransmitters to mobilize our flight flight freeze response. This mechanism helps us fight or flee from danger. Other neurotransmitters calm it down later. Check w/doc to rule out medical conditions. Peace and good health.

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Just the past three months it feels like my heart is going to burst out of my chest?

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I feel a little pressure on my chest right where the heart is what could that be?

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Can your heart pound loud in the chest if you are really scared?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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A thumping heart...: Some people can feel the heart beats, especially in situation such as significant fear as during a panic attack..Often these folks wil describe "pounding heart" that is about "jump out of the chest" sensation. So yes, at times you can hear your thumping heart! if you have concerns, consult your doc. Good luck.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

My heart feels like it beats too fast especially now on a morning when I wake. It also feels like it's pounding out my chest what is this?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
SVT?: You may have an arrhythmia - PSVT is the most common in your age group. A recording of your heart rhythm over 24 or 48 hours (30 days, if necessary) would establish the diagnosis and direct management.

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