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Doctor insights on: A Flutter Or Cough Sensation In The Chest

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have sinus drainage, a deep tickle in my chest with coughing sometimes, and a weird flutter like sensation in upper chest or throat that causes me to cough. Is this bronchitis or something else?

I have sinus drainage, a deep tickle in my chest with coughing sometimes, and a weird flutter like sensation in upper chest or throat that causes me to cough. Is this bronchitis or something else?

Viral: Most likely this is a viral upper respiratory tract infection with some irritation of the throat and windpipe(trachea). This causes a unproductive cough that can be annoying. If your symptoms are otherwise very mild with no build up of mucus in the bronchial tubes, it's ok to take a cough suppressant syrup containing dextromethorphan. Your symptoms should resolve in a few days. If they don't,see M ...Read more

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Sometimes I get a flutter in my chest, when this happens I always let out a weird cough. When my I check my heartbeart then, it feels erratic. ?

Sometimes I get a flutter in my chest, when this happens I always let out a weird cough. When my I check my heartbeart then, it feels erratic. ?

Arrythmia: I would advise a medical examination and an EKG to determine the cause of this sensation. You may also seek a cardilogy evaluation. ...Read more

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Had virtually every diagnostic test- all negative. Still have constant palpitations, spasms in heart, cough, heart fluttering, chest pain. What is it?

Had virtually every diagnostic test- all negative. Still have constant palpitations, spasms in heart, cough, heart fluttering, chest pain. What is it?

Difficult to answer : These significant symptoms require a person to person evaluation, examination by a doctor, and a variety of testing. A Cardiologist is who you need to consult with. If you have already seen one, then I would recommend a second opinion by another one. ...Read more

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I've been getting a fluttering feeling in the base of my throat and chest that causes me to cough and takes my breath away on and off now constantly.

I've been getting a fluttering feeling in the base of my throat and chest that causes me to cough and takes my breath away on and off now constantly.

See your doctor: You may have asthma, bronchitis or any number of lung conditions. Your doctor may need to order a chest xray or do a spirometry to measure your lung capacity. She will also see if you have reflux causing all the discomfort. She will advise you to stop smoking. Now is a good time to find a smoking cessation program. There are patches, gum, will power and e cigarettes for patients who need help. ...Read more

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Night sweats, can't regulate body temp, nausea heart flutters extreme fatigue . Cough pain in stomach right below ribs ?

Night sweats, can't regulate body temp, nausea heart flutters extreme fatigue . Cough pain in stomach right below ribs ?

Thyroid issues?: Many of your symptoms could be related to thyroid disease. Please see you doctor and make sure a thyroid panel is ordered. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Fluttering sensation in chest - reflux ?

Fluttering sensation in chest - reflux ?

Maybe...or not: See md. Could be abnormal heart rhythm ( occasionally associated with reflux). ...Read more

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My chest feels weird and I have strange fluttering sensations followed by a weird sensation. What can it be?

My chest feels weird and I have strange fluttering sensations followed by a weird sensation. What can it be?

Palpitations: Palpitations can be benign (simple skipped or extra beats) or can be a symptom of a more serious condition such as an SVT (supraventicular tachycardia). See your doctor and get an EKG done. Seek medical care urgently if you are passing out, or have episodes of a very fast heart rate (like over 140 beats/min). ...Read more

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Have a flutter in my chest has become more and more frequent with age. Is it serious? The flutter started when i was about 6 I am now 35 it happens frequently when I am very active. Sometimes if i work out, certain exercises cause the sensation when i am

Have a flutter in my chest has become more and more frequent with age. Is it serious? The flutter started when i was about 6 I am now 35 it happens frequently when I am very active. Sometimes if i work out, certain exercises cause the sensation when i am

There : There are a number of reasons you might be feeling a fluttering sensation in your chest. It is possible that with exercise your normal heart beat becomes stronger and you are then able to feel it even though it is a normal heart rhythm.

It is also possible that you have an arrhythmia, or irregular heart beat. There are many types of arrhythmias and the only way to know for certain is to have an ECG taken when you are feeling the fluttering. Sometimes this is best done by wearing a holter monitor, or an ECG that you wear continuously for a day or longer. The heart rhythm is then analyzed and your doctor could then determine what type of heart rhythm changes you might have.

The most common types of arrhythmias are single skipped beats and are called premature atrial contractions (pacs) or premature ventricular contractions (pvcs). These are benign and are not dangerous or worrisome. If your heart seems to race continuously for seconds to minutes or longer, you might have a more serious arrhythmia that may or may not require further treatment.

If at any time you feel the fluttering and you feel like you might faint, or you cannot breathe well, or you have chest pains, you should call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Havng a fluttering sensation in upper chest 1 or 2 tyms a day.No pain or diziness Just makes little worry. Hve been observing this since 1 month.

Havng a fluttering sensation in upper chest 1 or 2 tyms a day.No pain or diziness  Just makes little worry. Hve been observing this since 1 month.

Fluttering: I would not worry. If it only lasts a few seconds and is not associated with pain, pressure in your chest, difficulty breathing, sweating, nausea or vomiting it could simply be some abnormal beats which happens. Mention it to your GP and they will check an ECG. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/what-causes-heart-palpitations#1 ...Read more

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Is a flutter sensation in chest common in 19 yr old. I get them sometimes at rest sometimes at exercise. It doesn't happen often. It happens rarely?

See your doctor: No, a flutter sensation in your chest isn't common. It could be that your heart is having an arrhythmia, or abnormal heartbeat. Quite often, arrhythmias are benign and nothing to worry about, but some are more concerning. Please see your primary care doctor ASAP and she/he will do an exam, EKG, and further work up if needed. Be well! ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause a fluttering or quiver sensation in your chest? Or actually cause palpitations?

Can acid reflux cause a fluttering or quiver sensation in your chest? Or actually cause palpitations?

Esophageal spasm: Acid reflux, commonly known as gerd occurs when acid moves from your stomach and into your esophagus which usually causes discomfort the characteristic "heart burn". An irritated esophagus may also spasm which can causes a fluttering/quivering sensation and requires the same treatment as acid reflux.
Palpitations may be mistaken a spasm of your esophagus. ...Read more

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I have had a fluttering sensation on the right side of my chest for 2 days. It isn't painful, more like a muscle twitching quickly. What could it be?

Not cardiac: The symptoms are almost surely not cardiac, and may reflect a transient motor neuropathy of chest muscles. If symptoms persist for more than 1 week, then would check with MD ...Read more

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Should i seek the attention of and urgent care clinic? Was driving home from work about 10 minutes ago and had a fluttering sensation in the middle of my chest felt into the bottom of my neck. Lasted approximately 45 seconds to a minute. No pain just disc

Should i seek the attention of and urgent care clinic? Was driving home from work about 10 minutes ago and had a fluttering sensation in the middle of my chest felt into the bottom of my neck. Lasted approximately 45 seconds to a minute. No pain just disc

It : It sounds as if you were experiencing heart palpitations, which some have described as "skipping a beat", "fluttering", or "beating too hard or too fast". They can occur during activity or even when sitting still or lying down. Palpitations are very common. They usually aren't serious or harmful, but they can be bothersome. In some patients, certain events trigger these palpitations, such as strong emotions, vigorous physical activity, medicines, stimulants (such as coffee). Some palpitations are symptoms of arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. Some arrhythmias are signs of heart conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, or heart muscle disease. However, less than half of the people who have palpitations have arrhythmias.

If you can ascribe these incidents with some factor, avoid those factors, such as caffeinated coffee or soft drinks. If they are associated with pain or shortness of breath, please see your doctor immediately. If they become more prolonged or frequent (daily occurrence), then wearing a heart monitor (sometimes called a holter monitor), which captures all heart beats in a period of time, can be used to study the nature of the palpitations. ...Read more

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When lying on stomach and deep inhale I feel a flutter in my chest. No other symptoms and it's the only time I really notice this sensation. ?

When lying on stomach and deep inhale I feel a flutter in my chest. No other symptoms and it's the only time I really notice this sensation. ?

See below: Generally, a sensation of fluttering in the chest, only when lying on your stomach and taking a deep breath, is unlikely to be caused by a significant heart problem unless you are having the same symptoms at other times of the day or with exercise. Normal people can have brief episodes of arrhythmia, called SVT, in which the heart can suddenly speed up and beat very quickly>
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Heart palpitations, flutter and bubble sensation all over and lingering chest pain. Any helpful info?

Heart palpitations, flutter and bubble sensation all over and lingering chest pain. Any helpful info?

I will recommend: Visiting your doctor for a good history and physical exam. Ekg, blood test and possibly stress test. I don't know much about you and if you have any risk for heart problems. Diet and endocrine problems need to be review. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a fluttering sensation in my chest (i suppose where the sternum is) for the past two weeks. Heart palpitations?

I've been experiencing a fluttering sensation in my chest (i suppose where the sternum is) for the past two weeks.  Heart palpitations?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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What is random heart flutter with tickle sensation, random attacks of breathlessness in day and while sleeping, all started after pain in chest 1 time?

What is random heart flutter with tickle sensation, random attacks of breathlessness in day and while sleeping, all started after pain in chest 1 time?

Atrial fibrillation: There are a number of possible explanations, but an irregular heartbeat called "atrial fibrillation" is the most concerning.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is needed, but your symptoms suggest the presence of an irregular heart rhythm, which usually is found to be atrial fibrillation.

You should consult with your physician soonest to have this issue evaluated. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a symptom of anxiety (right side) + needling sensation and heart flutters, pvcs ? :( I have no heart disease but i so have awful anxiety

Is chest pain a symptom of anxiety (right side) + needling sensation and heart flutters, pvcs ? :( I have no heart disease but i so have awful anxiety

EasilyVisciousCircle: Do not intend to promote anxiety, but long known that cvds typically starts childhood yet asymptomatic for decades & docs do no detect; hidden in artery walls, not in openings. Heart rate & contraction spit-second controlled from brain, yet docs can't see this, only a few end responses. Flutters more commonly heart, pvcs (if accurate) are heart & cvds promotes but brain control still dominant. ...Read more

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Weird chest flutter like sensations accompanying bronchitis. They happen often and last a few seconds. Could these be tied to bronchitis?

Weird chest flutter like sensations accompanying bronchitis. They happen often and last a few seconds. Could these be tied to bronchitis?

Met: There may be an irregular heart beat, and i would advise seeing your PCP. An EKG may be indicated, but in the meantime, avoid caffeine, stay well hydrated, and treat any fever. ...Read more

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Heart fluttering for a few months and now triggers coughing fit. Chest feels tight. Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant. Past asthma. Strange pain in legs. Nausea. Tired?

Heart fluttering for a few months and now triggers coughing fit. Chest feels tight. Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant. Past asthma. Strange pain in legs. Nausea. Tired?

Complex issue: With multiple nonspecific symptoms, it is impossible to sort out your problems with a limited answer in an online forum. You should see your primary care provider a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I feel a burning sensation in the chest with a phlegm and severe cough and high fever?

I feel a burning sensation in the chest with a phlegm and severe cough  and high fever?

See a doctor: Health care has always, and will always be best delivered in the doctor's office. Advice can come online, but healthcare comes face to face. This could be anything from a virus to a bacterial pneumonia to something deep in the back of the textbook. See a doctor, please. ...Read more

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I have a sensation in my chest that I have to cough, but there is no cold. What should I do?

I have a sensation in my chest that I have to cough, but there is no cold. What should I do?

Many possibilities: Allergy is most common in your age. But many other reasons can be the culprit. Check up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Bubbling sensation when i lay down in my back and chest, I have a cough and a little bit of a cold.I hope its not an air leak! please help?

Bubbling sensation when i lay down in my back and chest, I have a cough and a little bit of a cold.I hope its not an air leak! please help?

Breathlessness: Your symptoms sound concerning - especially with the breathlessness, chest pain and that sensation of bubbling. You should get checked out by a physician and have an x ray as soon as possible. ...Read more

Flutter (Definition)

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm in the top of the heart in which the top of the heart beats very fast but very regularly (as opposed to atrial fibrillation which is always irregular) and can lead to a rapid heart rate and ...Read more