A 19-year-old male asked:
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when my heart rate gets up i can visibly see my heartbeat in my upper stomach, it beats so hard it shakes my clothes. i've had a normal echo. 180 lbs?

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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
See Dr.: What you are probably seeing is your abdominal aorta (the largest blood vessel in your body) beating in your stomach area. This is common in thin people. If concerned, see your dr. For an eval to be safe. Good luck.
Answered on Aug 31, 2013
Dr. Stephen Sigal
34 years experience Cardiology
Need a quick exam: This may be normal for you. Often people can see their pulse in their abdomen, particularly if they are thin. Would recommend you see your doctor for an exam to make sure the large artery in your abdomen (abdominal aorta) is not abnormally enlarged.
Answered on May 14, 2015

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