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Heart Flutter Makes Me 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
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
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
Sometimes after eating junk food /having beer, when I lie down I get a heart flutter that my heart races for aboutt 10 seconds. Goes away when I cough?
Aware of Heart Beat: Heart flutter is an awareness of your heart beat. It may be related to a rapid heart beat, or extra beats and is often referred to as palpitations. It may be caused by stress, medication, or other lifestyle considerations and in the absence of structural heart disease is of little concern. It however also can be a marker of a serious heart problem so if persistent consult your doctor. ...Read more
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 a large number of causes (drugs, illicit drugs, caffeine) as well as diseases (abnormalities of the heart. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ablation: Ablation is a technique performed in 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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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
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
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
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
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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