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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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What is the most common cause of heart flutter?

What is the most common cause of heart flutter?

Abnormalities/Damage: Abnormalities or damage to the structure of your heart are the most common. However there are other causes: heart attacks, high blood pressure, stress, an overactive thyroid gland, medications, caffeine, lung diseases, viral infections, and/or previous heart surgeries. ...Read more

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When should a heart flutter be a cause for concern?

When should a heart flutter be a cause for concern?

Heart flutter: It depends under what circumstances they occur and if you have a history of heart disease. Start with a visit to your primary care md and then proceed on to a cardiologist if appropriate. ...Read more

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Can alcohol cause a heart flutter?

Can alcohol cause a heart flutter?

Yes: Atrial fibrillation, one of the most rhythm disturbances, can be caused by alcohol, and when people get it after binging it has been called "holiday heart." it usually occurs after larger doses of alcohol, and would indicate drinking at unsafe levels. Safe levels are less than 7 drinks per week in women, and no more than 3 drinks on any drinking occasion. If you drink more than this, talk to md. ...Read more

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Does red bull cause a heart flutter?

Does red bull cause a heart flutter?

Yes: Any of these types of energy drink can stimulate the heart and cause heart rhythm problems. These should be avoided in general for routine consumption, especically if prone to heart symptoms or rhythm problems. ...Read more

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Can too much gatorade cause a heart flutter?

Can too much gatorade cause a heart flutter?

Gatorade: There are no stimulants like caffeine etc. In gaorade. Therefor, I doubt that it would cause arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Could too much exercise cause a heart flutter?

Could too much exercise cause a heart flutter?

Maybe, but....: As a general rule, exercise is more likely to reveal an underlying heart problem that was already there than to cause a heart problem. ...Read more

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Does fiber cause heart flutter?

Does fiber cause heart flutter?

Probably not: I have never seen or heard of that. If you just mean palpitations or a fluttering sensation in the chest, perhaps. Some people get bloating from a high fiber diet and that could possible cause fluttering sensations in the chest. All palpitations are not related to actual irregular heart beat. The palpitation is just a sensation that you get of fluttering in the chest. ...Read more

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What causes palpitations and heart flutters, like your heart is dropping in your chest or like it's drowning?

What causes palpitations and heart flutters, like your heart is dropping in your chest or like it's drowning?

Skipped beat: Sounds like you're describing a Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC), which feels like a short pause, followed by a single stronger beat. They're very common among otherwise healthy people and can be reduced by avoiding stimulants, such as caffeine. See a heart rhythm specialist (cardiac electrophysiologist) for further evaluation and to ensure your heart is healthy. ...Read more

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What are causes of a heart flutter?

What are causes of a heart flutter?

Any arrhythimia: The heart can flutter with premature ventricular contractions (pvc), premature atrial contractions (pac), atrial fibrillatrion etc. Fluttering also known as palpitations is basically a symptom and further work up is needed. ...Read more

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Can getting hot cause heart flutter?

Can getting hot cause heart flutter?

No: Well we hate to say never in medicine, but I never heard of heat causing atrial flutter. Perhaps if you were overheated you could get symptoms of your heart skipping, but I am talking about the rhythm called atrial flutter. There are many causes such as hypertension, overactive thyroid, valve problems, and alcohol, but not heat to my knowlege. ...Read more

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Could heart flutter be caused by scratching certain parts of the body?

Could heart flutter be caused by scratching certain parts of the body?

No: Although anything is possible, I can't think of a way that those two things are related. ...Read more

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Could sadness cause heart flutter?

Unlikely: Anxiety can cause palpitations, the sensation that one's heart is pounding. Sadness is not associated with heart rhythm irregularities. Heart flutter should be evaluated by your pcp. ...Read more

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Is heart flutter sometimes caused by acid reflux?

Is heart flutter sometimes caused by acid reflux?

Rhythm disturbances: Palpitations ("fluttering heart rate") may be related to, and induced by acid reflux on occasion. Don't know if atrial flutter specifically is. ...Read more

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Can heart flutter be caused by chemo and menopause?

Yes, either: Heart palpitations can be caused by either low estrogen levels, fluctuating estrogen levels, or chemotherapy. Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) and 5-fu are chemotherapies that commonly cause palpitations. The steroids (prednisone) given with chemotherapy can also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Could hormonal imbalance and periods cause heart flutter?

Could hormonal imbalance and periods cause heart flutter?

Yes: Palpitations are common in menopause and are related to changes in hormone levels. Hormones are commonly given to women to treat those symptoms. Palpitations are just the fluttering sensations in the chest most commonly caused by the heart skipping, or beating faster or more forcefully. Sometimes the fluttering sensation is due to something else and the heart rhythm is normal. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Shouldn't: While I suppose its possible of there was a very large hiatal hernia (paraesophageal type), it is still unlikely. ...Read more

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Can water pills cause heart palpitations? ...........and fluttering heartbeat..................

Can water pills cause heart palpitations? ...........and fluttering heartbeat..................

Indirectly, yes.: Water pills can cause dehydration which may make the blood pressure drop and the heart rate rise that you might sense as heart palpations. Most water pills can also cause potassium levels to drop which can then cause heart rhythm disturbances. REGARDLESS, these are SERIOUS symptoms. Please seek immediate emergency medical care. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What can cause heart flutter with arm numbness?

What can cause heart flutter with arm numbness?

Many things: The two are not necessarily related. Heart flutter, if you mean sensations of fluttering in the chest, can be caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. But palpitatios can occur even if the rhythm is regular. Numbness of an arm is commonly caused by pressure on a nerve which can occur in the neck, elbow, or wrist. Occasionally, arm numbness can occur with heart chest pain. Also can occur with stroke. ...Read more

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I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? Can it cause damage?

I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? Can it cause damage?

No: Make sure you don't have medical condition such as Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) or hyperthyroidism. An electrocardiogram and blood test will able to identify these issues. Consider talking to your PCP. Wish you a good luck ...Read more

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I ate flaxseed months ago and had heart palpitations. Now today I ate chia seeds in a recipe and now having heart flutters again. Do these cause this?

I ate flaxseed months ago and had heart palpitations. Now today I ate chia seeds in a recipe and now having heart flutters again. Do these cause this?

Possible allergy: I've never heard of either flax or chia seeds causing heart palpitations. This could be a coincidence (just because you eat something and then get a symptom does not mean that was the cause of the symptom). It is possible you are allergic to flax and chia seeds, as palpitations can be caused by food allergies. Try these again (separately).If every time you eat them you get palpitations then avoid. ...Read more

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How can I shake my health anxiety? I'm convinced I have heart disease, though I have no risk factors besides being over weight. Palpitations are scary.

How can I shake my health anxiety? I'm convinced I have heart disease, though I have no risk factors besides being over weight. Palpitations are scary.

Take control of diet: I think you should channel your energy into constructively changing your lifestyle to include healthy food and exercise options. If you take control of your life and make healthy decisions, you will start to feel much better about your health and wellness. In this way you will understand the power of your own decision making. I believe your anxiety will improve if you do this. Think positively. ...Read more

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Could obesity itself cause constant tachycardia (fast heart rate, even resting), heart flutters, and palpitations?

Could obesity itself cause constant tachycardia (fast heart rate, even resting), heart flutters, and palpitations?

No: Other things cause increase in heart rate. obesity alone does not. Food that contain caffeine, diet supplements, stress, anxiety all can cause increase in heart rate. Hormonal imbalance can also be a cause. ...Read more

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Does love make your heart flutter?

Only on Valentine's: Just kidding. Any strong sensation or emotion can cause you to sense palpitations or heart fluttering. .. But it shouldn't actually cause rhythm problems. An ekg or holter monitor should be used to see your heart's rhythm. ...Read more

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Why does my heart flutter every so often?

Why does my heart flutter every so often?

Ectopic beats?: Everybody's heart does a flipflip once in a while, more in caffeine users; we call this a premature ventricular contraction and unless you have more than 5 per minute, or a run of them, or have pain or faint, it's a non-problem. If by flutter you mean episodes of the heart racing and perhaps taking your breath away, it's probably supraventricular tachycardia. Ask your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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I can feel my heart flutter, what does it mean?

May not be a problem: Some people feel their heart beat, even when it's beating normally, like in a quiet environment. If there are episodic irregular beats, for whatever reason, those sensations can be magnified. Stress or fear, anxiety, caffeine can be benign causes, but medications (including over the counter) and diseases can create "flutters". Best to talk to your doctor for an ecg, ? Holter, ? Event monitor. ...Read more

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Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

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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Can a heart flutter kill me?

Depends.: Atrial flutter not typically. Ventricular flutter might. ...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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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more