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Having heart palpitations and fluttering, plus localised head ache that feels like a pin stabbing. The heart problem does hurt a fair bit. And suggest?

Having heart palpitations and fluttering, plus localised head ache that feels like a pin stabbing. The heart problem does hurt a fair bit. And suggest?

Check heart: In young person, palpitation or fluttering usually related to stress or anxiety. If frequent and recurrent, should consider ultrasound to rule out structural heart disease or congenital valvular disease. Headache also relates to stress. Could be migraine? See section "Be Still My Heart" in my book Your Vibrant Heart. ...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


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Feel heart flutter and lightheaded when I eating. after I swallow then I am fine. . Also, blood pressure spikes up when eating. What is causing light head and heart flutter when swallow?

Feel heart flutter and lightheaded when I eating. after I swallow then I am fine. . Also, blood pressure spikes up when eating. 
What is causing light head and heart flutter when swallow?

VAGUS NERVE: This is stimulated by a number of things involving swallowing, digestion, holding breath, tense abdomen, etc. The nerve slows the heart beat. There is often skip beats with this. There is often a rebound rapid heart beat when it ends. It usually lowers blood pressure slightly. ...Read more

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Pseudohypoparathyroidism? I have "archibald's sign," chronic skin rash, constipation, heart flutter. Come home asap from vet school abroad for dx/tx?

Pseudohypoparathyroidism? I have "archibald's sign," chronic skin rash, constipation, heart flutter. Come home asap from vet school abroad for dx/tx?

Pseudohypopara: You present a number of medical complaints, all of which need attention. Please start with a visit to your primary doctor. Your medical history will be taken, you will be examined by the doctor, and laboratory studies will be ordered. Once the information is collected your doctor will decide where you might go for further care.
Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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I've been experience headaches and my left eye have a pulse and I feel weak. Chest pains and heart flutter. What could be wrong with me?

I've been experience headaches and my left eye have a pulse and I feel weak. Chest pains and heart flutter. What could be wrong with me?

Don't know dx: If you are experiencing chest pain & palpitations — recommend that this be medically assessed. Need to rule out cardiac problem. ...Read more

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Three days having heart flutter, sweaty hands and feet and watery mouth. What could this be?

Three days having heart flutter, sweaty hands and feet and watery mouth. What could this be?

Symptoms: Our autonomic nervous system is ein charge of nerve cells and controls our visceral organs: the heart & vessels; the pupils; the glands for tears, saliva, and sweat; the lungs’ bronchi; the stomach and intestines; the bladder; and the sexual organs.
Your symptoms seem to be related to this. Question is why and what is stimulating it. Check organophosphate poisoning ...Read more

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Woke up, went outside for a smoke, felt heart flutters and then fainted. Went to doc and EKG is normal. Could the issue be head related?

Woke up, went outside for a smoke, felt heart flutters and then fainted. Went to doc and EKG is normal. Could the issue be head related?

Probably not: Fainting is an important symptom. To be head related, it would have to be a seizure, and this is very unlikely based on what u describe. Because u had a fluttering sensation first, it implies that u fainted due to a heart issue. Most common problem would be brief atrial fibrillation, but u r quite young for that. I would do a holter monitor on you to track your heart rate through the day. ...Read more

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Fluttering feeling in heart, beating fast and hard as well. I felt light-headed and really warm, was shaking, felt like I was going to die. Panic attack?

Fluttering feeling in heart, beating fast and hard as well. I felt light-headed and really warm, was shaking, felt like I was going to die. Panic attack?

Panic attack: You are a Precious Human Being!
I understand your distress.
These symptoms indicate Anxiety/ Panic attack.
Alcohol, Cocaine, and Amphetamines can cause or make symptoms worse.
Please go to ER for Diagnosis and Treatment. ...Read more

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Left ER went for heart fluttering, chest pain, short breath, light-headed. I was told that it was PAC/PVC 20 year old is it common to have chest pain?

Left ER went for heart fluttering, chest pain, short breath, light-headed. I was told that it was PAC/PVC 20 year old is it common to have chest pain?

No : Consider consult with cardiologist. ER doctors tuned in to take care of serious acute problems — such as heart attacks, significant arrhythmia so. You merit evaluation and comprehensive history to make a diagnosis or reassure you all is well. ...Read more

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Why could the heart flutter at night?

Why could the heart flutter at night?

Rhythm problem: Palpitations or fluttering sensations in the chest most commonly mean that the heart is actually beating irregular with some early beats and some pauses. This can occur at any time of day but not uncommonly, the patient is more likely to notice the sensations at night when lying still or on the left side. Also, in some cases the skipping is more likely to occur when the pulse is slower(lying down). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart flutter?

How do I know if I have heart flutter?

Heart flutter: This is usually manifested by a sensation of a skipped heart beat. We generally cannot feel our heart beat. If you do have a sensation of a skipped heart beat or palpitation, see your primary care physician for an initial evaluation and if appropriate, he/she can refer you to a cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a heart flutter?

What are some symptoms of a heart flutter?

Chest sensation: If you mean atrial flutter that is a specific rhythm where the heart skips or beats fast causing a fluttering or skipping sensation in the chest which we call palpitations. This can eventually lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, even chest pain if the heart is beating fast enough. ...Read more

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Why could someone's heart flutter when he or she lays down?

Why could someone's heart flutter when he or she lays down?

Heart position: Change in position affects the brain regulation of heart rate. It also may cause stretching of certain chambers. These can result in premature beats or other arrhythmias. Those same arrhythmias may be more easy to feel and notice when lying as opposed to walking around. ...Read more

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What should someone do if he or she feels their heart flutter and race?

What should someone do if he or she feels their heart flutter and race?

See physician: Everybody gets skipped beats, but a run of flutter or racing, especially if it takes your breath away, is reason to get seen for a thyroid check, ekg, rhythm study, and whatever else. Usually these are mild nuisances easily managed, but occasionally they warn of something dangerous. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do smells make heart flutter?

It is possible: It is possible that a particular smell could cause a "heart flutter" in an individual. Heart flutter refers to a palpitation. If a person becomes anxious because of a certain smell, this could cause a flutter. Palpitations are associated with atrial flutter, whick can be cause by many causes(drugs, illicit drugs, caffeine) as well as diseases(abnormalities of the heart. ...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 reflux feel like a heart flutter?

Can reflux feel like a heart flutter?

Yes: Heart flutter can mean almost anything to different people. I have had patients note "palpitations" or "gurgling" in their chest from a hiatal hernai and I have also had patients with proven severe erosive esophagitis develop symptomatic arrhythmias (apc, vpc and paf) which resolved with treatment of their reflux. So "heart flutters" may or may not be causally associated with reflux/hiatal hernias. ...Read more

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Why does my heart flutter when I cough?

Vagal Stimulation: Cough and palpitations may be mediated by the same nerve in the body (called the vagus nerve). With significant coughing irriation of the nerve can take place resulting in palpitations or tachycardia (fast heart beat). Usually palpitations associated with coughing are safe but you should be evaluated by a health care provider to be sure. ...Read more

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Why does the heart flutter at rest only?

Why does the heart flutter at rest only?

Flutter: I read your question as "i only feel my heart flutter at rest". There are many causes of what you may be feeling, but most likely these are benign "skipped beats" most people have them, some people feel them and then only at certain times. Classic is rest, coming home after a busy day and sitting down, or lying down in bed. Discuss with your doctor :-). ...Read more

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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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Why could your heart flutter when you yawn?

Why could your heart flutter when you yawn?

See Below: Because in young people flutter or atrial fibrillation could be activated by the structure in the right atrium and at the superior aspect of the inferior vena cava and yawning is usually a symptom of vagal tone and may lead to arrythmias through the same process. Cold drinks with ice can lead to acute atrial fibrillation through the same process. ...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?

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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How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

Medicines: With medicines to control the heart rate, to prevent clots in the heart, and to convert the flutter back to a regular rhythm and keep it there. Also, at times the heart is given a shock to convert the rhythm back to normal. ...Read more

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Will i be able to feel the heart flutter in my chest?

Palpitations: Heart fluttering symptoms can be felt as skipped beats, thumps, heart racing or slowing. They can cause dizziness, shortness of breath or cause one to pass out. Chest pain is also reported by some people. ...Read more

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What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

Ablation: Ablation is a technique performed in electrophysiology laboratory where the electrical behavior of the heart is mechanically altered. Although this is an invasive procedure, it is not technically surgery. Early in the history of ablation, surgical ablation was performed. Now that the percutaneous techniques have been refined, surgery is rarely performed for atrial flutter. ...Read more

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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