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A 25-year-old female asked:

What causes strong sharp electrical sensation in central chest? occassionally i have these followed by a quick fluttering sensation. is this benign or indicative of heart issues (if so what are the possibilites? i am on beta blockers for frequent pvc?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
A very sharp, shooting, fleeting chest pain is not characteristic if a cardiac origin but can give rise to pvc's by virtue of anxiety caused by them. These pains, especially if provoked by a deep breath, are often caused by a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between 2 ribs. A lung cause usually has an associated cough.These sharp pains tend to resolve on their own. See MD as needed
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