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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...Read more


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Why is the left side of my chest swollen and I get heart palpitations all throughout the day whether I'm sitting, standing or laying. I'm 17?

Why is the left side of my chest swollen and I get heart palpitations all throughout the day whether I'm sitting, standing or laying. I'm 17?

You should get Physi: A Physical examination by a doctor is the only way to verify that your left side of chest is swollen. If it is really swollen then further testing starting with chest X-rays will be required to check your heart and lungs including the chest wall structures. An enlarged heart due to any cause can cause symptoms like you have described. So lets make sure you do not have anything serious going on ins ...Read more

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I have tension in left upper torso near heart. Also heart palpitations three days straight. It intensifies when I rotate my body side to side.

I have tension in left upper torso near heart. Also heart palpitations three days straight. It intensifies when I rotate my body side to side.

Little information: Offered for complex issues. In general, while what people perceive as "palpitations" (a symptom, as perceived by the body owner) do correlate ~70% of the time with simultaneous changes in hearth rhythm, consistently ~30% do not. Given very limited details offered, likely most to all symptoms are skeletal (not heart) muscle, both controlled, split-second by split-second, 24/7, from mind/brain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel heart palpitations or heart skip beat/pause when laying on left side (side of heart) I only notice some when I'm in this position?

Is it normal to feel heart palpitations or heart skip beat/pause when laying on left side (side of heart) I only notice some when I'm in this position?

Yes: If you lay on your left side, your heart actually sits right on your chest wall, and it is much easier to feel/sense your heartbeat, which might have occasional skipped beats. ...Read more

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Having heart palpitations and tightness in left side of chest. What could this be?

Having heart palpitations and tightness in left side of chest. What could this be?

Likely Anxiety: At your age, i'd consider it as anxiety. Unless you are at high risk of suffering from heart attack. Family history of sudden deaths from heart disease, obesity, cholesterol problems, diabetes, hypertension, kidney diseases can all increase the likelihood of heart disease even in young people like you...Being physically active and healthy food habits are to be followed on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Is there a common description of heart palpitations? Could they be consistent with regular twitching in the upper left side of the chest?

Is there a common description of heart palpitations? Could they be consistent with regular twitching in the upper left side of the chest?

Palp: I have many different descriptions...The only description I can give from personal experience is a hard pounding that feels slow (random occurrence) or a light fluttering that feels fast (often when I lay on left side).... I have never had an ekg, echo, or any other heart eval though. I am the doc here just describing personal experience. Too much caffeine. ...Read more

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I'm 19, within the last 6 months I lost hair on the left side of my head and left brow, what could this be? Though it stopped I used to itch all over and experienced heart palpitations.

I'm 19, within the last 6 months I lost hair on the left side of my head and left brow, what could this be? Though it stopped I used to itch all over and experienced heart palpitations.

Hair Loss: Causes of hair loss includes: thyroid disease, anemia, oral medications, genetic conditions like alopecia Areata, male pattern hair loss, recent surgery or stressful event, infections or infestations. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am 44 yrs old. I have been experiencing strong heart palpitations and a flutter in my upper left side of my stomach. What could this be?

I am 44 yrs old. I have been experiencing strong heart palpitations and a flutter in my upper left side of my stomach. What could this be?

See your doctor: The feeling of palpitations flutter may be from your heart which you are feeling
So see your Md and make sure that your heart is Ok and no issues with it. Because if it is from your heart it need attention ASAP ...Read more

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I have a constant pain in my upper left side that radiates from my chest to my wrist. Sometimes my heart palpitations it takes my breath. Any idea?

I have a constant pain in my upper left side that radiates from my chest to my wrist. Sometimes my heart palpitations it takes my breath. Any idea?

Chest pain: Absent further information such as age, comorbid conditions etc the best suggestion is to assume the worst and seek medical evaluation ASAP ...Read more

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24 wk pregnant, pains on/off in centre& left side of chest, heart palpitations. Have been coughing up phlem as of this morning. Heartrate 41 now 88?

24 wk pregnant, pains on/off in centre& left side of chest, heart palpitations. Have been coughing up phlem as of this morning. Heartrate 41 now 88?

Watch for pneumonia: Most likely a cold but with increased heart rate and a productive cough and chest pain the chief concern is pneumonia. Take your temperature.--if elevated or if phlegm has yellow or green color or pain persists see your md to be certain that there is no infection. ...Read more

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Left side of chest knife pain heart palpitations doctor said I have GERD found nothing in blood work what do I do it goes away?

Left side of chest knife pain heart palpitations doctor said I have GERD found nothing in blood work what do I do it goes away?

Mvp, hpn, tobacco use: Chest pains ; palpitations in a young person iare due to mitral valve prolapse which can be confirmed by echocardiogram, avoid tobacco use.Heart palpitations may also be due to thyroid disorder, atrial fibrillation etc. Hpertension in young person may be due to pheochromocytoma, renal artery stenosis etc. Pain may be related to above conditions. ...Read more

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Recent CT scan indicated mild thickening of left adrenal gland unchanged. I get heart palpitations when I lie on my left side. Is this serious?

Recent CT scan indicated mild thickening of left adrenal gland unchanged. I get heart palpitations when I lie on my left side. Is this serious?

Nothing serious: CT findings and palpitations are unrelated. If you are otherwise well, with no history of cancer, the mild thickening is most often unimportant. Palpitations are due to a sudden racing of the heart, or to premature heartbeats that feel like a skipped beat or a quick flutter. These palpitations are usually not an indication of heart disease. SEE <a href="http://bit. Ly/1vlj5cr" rel="nofollow" target ...Read more

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Weird sensation where whole left peck twitch vigorously not had palpitations for a while can heart palpitations do that?

Weird sensation where whole left peck twitch vigorously not had palpitations for a while can heart palpitations do that?

No: It is not likely caused by the heart. Muscle spasm that occur spontaneously are curious but normal unexplaind phenomena. It is not enought to worry about yet ...Read more

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Can domperidone have long term side effects? I took it very briefly about 6 months ago and have been experiencing heart palpitations ever since.

Can domperidone have long term side effects? I took it very briefly about 6 months ago and have been experiencing heart palpitations ever since.

Unlikely: To be the cause for your ongoing problem, it's half life is about 8 hours, meaning that it will be eliminated from your system in less than a day, and side effects are short lived. You want to check with your doctor for evaluation of your heart and perform basic studies, best wishes ...Read more

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Heart palpitations when taking acetezolomide for my IIH. Is this a common side effect?

Heart palpitations when taking acetezolomide for my IIH. Is this a common side effect?

PALPITATIONS W/U: Yes it may: Palpitations that symptomatic deserve a prompt W/U: exam/labs especially TFTS/EKG/Event Monitor/ECHO andThe discussion of treatment options with your doctor. While you are waiting eliminate caffeine focus on staying hydrated. If palpitations worsen or syncope develops go directly to the ER stick to a GF diet WholeApproach. Com gutbliss. Com. MAGINEX/INDERAL/VERAPAMIL can be effective. ...Read more

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Is it serious if I have very heavy heart palpitations, sometimes so hard I can see my entire left chest move through my shirt? I have anxiety problems

Is it serious if I have very heavy heart palpitations, sometimes so hard I can see my entire left chest move through my shirt? I have anxiety problems

Could be, prob. Not: In persons with anxiety issues heart palpitations are extremely common. Without knowing your complete health history, I would have to recommend a complete evaluation before just putting it down to anxiety. If it is determined to be from your anxiety, then it is not serious. Doing meditation, yoga, regular exercise, avoiding caffeine and decongestants can all help. ...Read more

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Hi I have heart palpitations and left arm and hip pain?

It is unlikely that: The pains and palpitations are in any way related. If they persist you should seek a health care professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations and severe dizziness after taking Omnicef (Cefdinir), what should I do. I have 2 days left till they are finished. 2 times daily.?

Recheck: It depends on the reason you're taking the Omnicef (cefdinir). Check with your doctor. It may be that you can get by stopping it now. There are alternative meds. Perhaps switching you to one would be best. Consult the doctor who prescribed the drug as he/she will know best what is the best course for you. ...Read more

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Started wellbutrin xl about 2 weeks ago and was feeling quite well but heart palpitations started. Will these go away eventually or can it be a permanent side effect?? I stopped for a few days and they went away but meds seemed to really help w/mood.

Started wellbutrin xl about 2 weeks ago and was feeling quite well but heart palpitations started. Will these go away eventually or can it be a permanent side effect?? I stopped for a few days and they went away but meds seemed to really help w/mood.

Dose titration: In consultation with your doctor, you may need to play with the dose of the medication to see if you can find a suitable amount that would not cause side effects, but help with the mood. Palpitations are a know side effect of this medication.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Are heart palpitations a side effect when taking famotidine? Should I contact my dr. I do have MVP could be that or could it be famotidine? : (

Are heart palpitations a side effect when taking famotidine? Should I contact my dr. I do have MVP could be that or could it be famotidine? : (

Famotidine: A racing heart is reported as a very rare side effect of famotidine. It is more likely due to your mitral valve prolapse, but if you are experiencing any sensations of abnormal heartbeat while on famotidine, you should stop it and contact your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get really bad headaches alongside left arm pain and heart palpitations. What do you recommend?

I get really bad headaches alongside left arm pain and heart palpitations. What do you recommend?

A full work up: Severe headaches should be evaluated with a full exam, + or - imaging like a ct or mri. Left arm and palp needs attention too. A holter or event recorder to assess the rythm and correlate it with symtoms. Full battery of labs. A review of the meds you take including any suplements and over the counter meds. Echocardiogram or stress test as indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more