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A 35-year-old male asked about a 60-year-old male:

What's it mean to have a fluttering heart?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Please see your Dr.: Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical. A consultation with a cardiologist may also be helpful. Additional testing to include ECG and possibly holter monitor, echocardiography or event recorder may be helpful in determining what is going on. This could be as simple as your perceiving a heart flutter with no actual heartbeat abnormality or be a true abnormal heart rhythm.
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Atrial Flutter: Atrial flutter is a special type of rhythm disorder in which there is an extra pathway in the upper chamber of the heart that cycles and stimulates the lower chambers of the heart. The rate can be quite rapid, or can be more controlled depending on how the lower chambers respond to the extra signals. This condition is treated with medications, cardioversion, and/or ablation of the pathway.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when I feel my heart fluttering?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Flutter/palpitations: Palpitations/fluuters can come any time, and it can be scary for some folks. At times we don't know why, but sometimes there are reasons--anxiety/panic attacks, thyroid disease, medication side effects, drug/alcohol use/abuse, heart-attacks, fever/infections, heart-conductions problem, excessive caffeine/stimulants etc..If persistent/concerning to you, consult doc for an eval. Good luck.
Last updated Nov 30, 2014

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