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How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Esophagus spasm would be more likely to produce pain whereas palpitation is usually a fluttering sensation. The word palpitation refers to the feeling in the chest but it usually implies that the problem is an irregular pulse. An EKG would determine if the heart rhythm is regular or not. Sometimes we have to hook the patient up to a 24 hour monitor to catch the irregularity.

Answered Sep 30, 2018

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Palpitations feel like a flutter or a missed beat. They're unnerving but don't hurt. Esophageal spasm hurts!

Answered Nov 9, 2018

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