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Does a heart flutter mean heart problems?

Does a heart flutter mean heart problems?

Not necessarily: Fluttering in the chest, depending on one's sensitivity, may reflect some irregularity in the heart rhythm. Those may be normal for any given person, but indeed may be a harbinger of something more serious. Discussing this with your doctor will allow your doctor to get some tests (ecg, holter or event monitor, possibly an echocardiogram and/or stress test, and blood work) to sort this out. ...Read more

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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


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Symptoms of heart murmurs? Sometimes i feel my heart flutter/beat really fast. Ekg last yr said heart was fine. I have anxiety too. Heart problems?

Symptoms of heart murmurs? Sometimes i feel my heart flutter/beat really fast. Ekg last yr said heart was fine. I have anxiety too. Heart problems?

Echo: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them. You may have anxiety underlying. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations for no reason. dangerous? just sitting in bed and felt heart start fluttering for five minutes. no history heart problems. help!

Heart palpitations for no reason. dangerous?  just sitting in bed and felt heart start fluttering for five minutes. no history heart problems. help!

Cardiologist: Take this seriously. There are various types of abnormal heart rhythms. You need cardiogram and likely a monitor. Some arrhythmias are serious. Paroxsysmal supra ventricular tachycardia may begin like this but get slowly worse. Some of these are due to genetic disorders. Some are due to thyroid disease or toxicities such as caffeine. Cardiologists are plumbers or electricians. You need an electri ...Read more

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Having some fluttering feeling on my chest, feels like its my heart? Should i be concerned? I have no heart problems that I am aware of

Having some fluttering feeling on my chest, feels like its my heart? Should i be concerned? I have no heart problems that I am aware of

Depends: Depends on age, cardiac risk factors, associated symptoms, duration, frequency, family history, medications, supplements, caffiene consumption, etc, need a good history and physical. Labs ekg and possibly a holter. May need 2 d echo and possibly an event recorder. The tests will be determined by your dr after your exam. ...Read more

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My heart flutters occasionally, my left arm feels numb, my chest feels tight & begins to hurt & I have difficulty breathing. Heart problems?

My heart flutters occasionally, my left arm feels numb, my chest feels tight & begins to hurt & I have difficulty breathing. Heart problems?

Its possible: Possible but unlikely at your age. What is your murmur from? Why do you take the listed medications and how much? There are quite a few things, some minimal and some serious that could do this but don't fool around with it let a doctor rule out the possible serious things. ...Read more

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How to distinguish syncope caused by heart problems or other? (ps : when it happened to me, I always feel palpitations before and afterwards)

How to distinguish syncope caused by heart problems or other? (ps : when it happened to me, I always feel palpitations before and afterwards)

Syncope: We generally would attribute syncope to a cardiac problem when that syncope is associated with a cardiac abnormality like a tachy or brady arrhythmia recorded coincident with the syncope. With the testing you've had your Doc should be able to advise you regarding your likelihood of having cardiac syncope ...Read more

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Coughing x 3 weeks. Initially productive now dry. Have air gulping and palpitations and low energy. Can heart problems cause coughing?

Coughing x 3 weeks. Initially productive now dry. Have air gulping and palpitations and low energy. Can heart problems cause coughing?

Can do: Yes, heart problems can cause a cough-specifically congestive heart failure, a condition in which fluid builds up in lungs due to various forms of heart dysfunction. Usually accompanying this diagnosis is shortness of breath with activity as well as sob in bed such that one has to prop up the head of the bed at night to breathe. If these are occurring then best to get checked out by your pcp. ...Read more

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In mornings, 9/6 BP and 55 heart rate. Bf to go in bed i have 12/8, 80. During the day i feel palpitations, 120 heart rate sitting. Heart problems?

In mornings, 9/6 BP and 55 heart rate. Bf to go in bed i have 12/8, 80. During the day i feel palpitations, 120 heart rate sitting. Heart problems?

Positional symptoms: As the blood pools in the legs because of gravity when you sit or stand for a bit of time, your heart receives a signal to accelerate the heart rate so that there is an uninterrupted flow of blood to the brain. If you wore to get up quickly or abruptly, you may experience dizziness or even pass out! Try to walk or elevate your legs, avoid sitting or standing for long, stay hydrated, avoid caffeine ...Read more

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What heart problems palpitations come secondary to pregnancy? When should we worry?

What heart problems palpitations come secondary to pregnancy? When should we worry?

Faster heart rate: Your baseline heart rate should gradually increase somewhat, throughout your pregnancy. However, you should seek assistance for fast heart rates that start or stop suddenly, or persistently stay faster than expected (e.g. > 100 bpm at rest). Also symptoms of chest pain, dizzy, breathlessness. Getting checked out is always safer. Speak with your doctor and possibly heart rhythm specialist. ...Read more

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I have seldom palpitations only when i'm anxious or during exercise otherwise i don't feel them. I have normal ECG with no known heart problems (29, m)?

I have seldom palpitations only when i'm anxious or during exercise otherwise i don't feel them. I have normal ECG with no known heart problems (29, m)?

Cardiology: The good news is you are young and the symptoms occur seldomly. However, do you have chest pain, shortness of breath and/or dizziness? If so, this could indicate that your palpitations are more serious and need immediate attention by your doctor. Also if they become more frequent or pronounced seeing your doctor would be a good idea. Good luck. ...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


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Heart Problems (Definition)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart ...Read more