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My heart flutters a lot. What can I do about it?

My heart flutters a lot. What can I do about it?

See doctor: Palpitations need investigations including bloods and ECG and depending on ECG you might need cardiology review. ...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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Should I get my heart checked? My heart flutters a lot at least 8-15 times a day if not more...Its starting to really worry me.? Could you please give me some answers....

Should I get my heart checked? My heart flutters a lot at least 8-15 times a day if not more...Its starting to really worry me.? Could you please give me some answers....

Fluttering: Fluttering heartbeats are generally termed palpitations and can be triggered by stress, exercise, medication or sometimes by an underlying medical condition. They are usually harmless. They can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that may require treatment.
Since you have frequent palpitations, you should see to your doctor to see if you need heart-monitoring tests to see if your palpitations are caused by a more serious heart problem. This evaluation could be urgently needed if your palpitations are accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness.
Palpitations can be caused by stress or anxiety, exercise, fever, caffeine, nicotine, or stimulants in some medications. Occasionally heart palpitations are a sign of a serious problem, such as an overactive thyroid gland or an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can be very fast, unusually slow, an irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation).
Atrial fibrillation can be a sign of underlying heart disease, such as mitral valve disease or other conditions that can cause stretching of the atria — the upper chambers of the heart. A cardiologist’s evaluation and an echocardiogram are often useful in ruling out some structural disease affecting your heart. If there is no structural heart disease, then the principal risk of atrial fibrillation is that blood clots may form in areas of the heart that are not contracting and possibly travel through the bloodstream to cause a stroke. This risk of a stroke is increased if you are over 65 years old; if you have high blood pressure; if you are female; if you have had a prior stroke, transient ischemic attack (or TIA — a fleeting stroke), or other blood clot disorder; if you have diabetes; if you have heart failure; or if you have known vascular disease (heart attack, aneurysm, or limitation of blood flow to the legs). The more risk factors you have the higher your risk of a stroke. With one risk factor, many physicians will recommend Aspirin therapy, or sometimes more potent blood thinners. With two or more risk factors, blood thinners are usually recommended. This should be discussed in detail with your doctor.
Unless your palpitations signify of an underlying heart condition, there's little risk, but if there is an underlying heart condition, possible complications include fainting, stroke, heart failure, or it can cause your heart to stop beating effectively. ...Read more

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Had major amount if stress w/ alcoholic ex spouse for 25 yrs. Bad situations for 3 more yrs now. Heart flutters a lot for mos. Danger of heart attack?

Had major amount if stress w/ alcoholic ex spouse for 25 yrs. Bad situations for 3 more yrs now. Heart flutters a lot for mos. Danger of heart attack?

See cardiologist: Stress is bad only if you feel you have no control over the situation. Since you are having symptoms (heart fluttering often) it would be a good idea to see a cardiologist to evaluate what is going on. Things like diet, exercise, weight, and smoking can impact how much the stress effected you and, most importantly, a cardiologist can tell you more about your risk and how to decrease it. ...Read more

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My heart has been fluttering a lot and its accompanied by constant chest pain. What do you suggest?

My heart has been fluttering a lot and its accompanied by constant chest pain. What do you suggest?

See your doc for ekg: In your age group, first thing that comes to mind is a rhythm disturbance such as atrial flutter or fib. Both can be controlled with medication. Sometimes, they can cardiovert them, other times they can abalate the pathway to correct them. In any case, you need lab work and an ekg for diagnosis. Rarely, cardiac ischemic can be etiology in these cases. ...Read more

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My heart has been fluttering a lot and its accompanied by constant chest pain. What does this sound like?

See a doctor soon: Chest pain with heart fluttering may mean an arrhythmic heart problem. Ekg, holter, echo, stress test are few test than can be indicated. See your physician. ...Read more

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Are heart flutters due to eating a lot of chocolate?

Are heart flutters due to eating a lot of chocolate?

Possibly: There is a little caffeine in chocolate, so if you eat a lot of it you can get enough caffeine to cause palpitations. ...Read more

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What causes heart fluttering?

What causes heart fluttering?

Many things: Fluttering is a sensation. A diagnosis involves looking at the heart rhythm on an ecg.

Thereare countless rhythm variations. Some are serious, some are benign. ...Read more

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What could cause frequent heart fluttering?

Many causes: The causes of heart fluttering (pslpitations) are many. They may be caused from abnormal rhythms in the heart or may be even normal variants. Sometimes they may be due to atrial or ventricular premature beats (extra beats) which are usually benign. Work up with a holter or event monitor may be helpful. ...Read more

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What could I do to reduce heart fluttering?

What could I do to reduce heart fluttering?

Heart: First & most important is to find the cause so it can be treated. Consult your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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Heart fluttering, is it something serious??

Heart fluttering, is it something serious??

Possibly but prob no: Heart fluttering can be from a variety of causes but most commonly from anxiety or PSVT. PSVT can be treated by putting your face in ice water or bearing down, More seriously it can be from underlying heart conditions or even from side effects of medications, It is best to have it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there long term effets of heart fluttering?

Are there long term effets of heart fluttering?

Type?: Atrial fibrillation, which you will recognize as an irregular heart beat, needs to be managed carefully to prevent blood clots from forming in the atria and breaking off to cause stroke. Atrial flutter / supraventricular tachycardia, sudden runs of rapid beats that may take away your breath, is much less worrisome but can be treated. Forgive me if I've mis-guessed what you mean, and good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I feel my heart fluttering?

What does it mean when I feel my heart fluttering?

Flutter/palpitations: Palpitations/fluuters can come any time, and it can be scary for some folks. At times we don't know why, but sometimes there are reasons--anxiety/panic attacks, thyroid disease, medication side effects, drug/alcohol use/abuse, heart-attacks, fever/infections, heart-conductions problem, excessive caffeine/stimulants etc. If persistent/concerning to you, consult doc for an eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a heart fluttering problem?

Get an EKG: See your doctor, he may do an electrocardiogram & also hook up a 24hr holter monitor which will record your heart beat for 24hrs. In the mean time decrease your intake of caffein, alcohol & stop smoking. ...Read more

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What can I do if I am experiencing heart fluttering?

What can I do if I am experiencing heart fluttering?

Heart monitor: Your doctor will do an ekg, and if needed a 24 hour ekg (holter) can be worn. Event monitors for up to 30 days can be worn to record your rhythm during your fluttering. If you have severe symptoms with your fluttering go to er. Otherwise start with your primary physician. ...Read more

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This is worrying. Why is my heart fluttering so much?

This is worrying. Why is my heart fluttering so much?

Depends: May be as simple as too much caffeine. But if this is happening a great deal, would recommend you see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do I do if I feel my heart fluttering off and on?

What do I do if I feel my heart fluttering off and on?

Depends: May be as simple as too much caffeine. But if this becomes more frequent, would see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when heart fluttering is strong and painful and I can't relax?

What does it mean when heart fluttering is strong and painful and I can't relax?

Heart flutter: Most importantly it means you should bring it to the attention of your physician who can arrange the testing you need to know if it is important or not. ...Read more

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I was lying in my bed. And I got a feeling fo my heart fluttering and racing which went away in few seconds. Am really young. What r the chances VT?

Depends...: Except for congenital HD, VT is uncommon in healthy people. With associated other diseases, electrolyte, sugar, kidney problem, extream dietary anomaly, substance abuse...VT can occur. ...Read more

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How does heart fluttering come or infect a person?

How does heart fluttering come or infect a person?

Palpitations: "fluttering" sensation usually refers to the feeling one has during an irregular heartbeat. The important goal is to determine the underlying cause. It might be hypertension, a heart valve malfunction, overactive thyroid, heart muscle problem or some other medical issue. It merits a careful examination by your doctor or by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Heart fluttering and skipping beat when masturbating?

Heart fluttering and skipping beat when masturbating?

You're human: Most people have occasional flutters, flipflops, and skipped beats, especially when they're doing something exciting and fun. If you have more than five per minute while you're not loaded with caffeine. If your heart suddenly starts racing and stops as suddenly, or if they take your breath away, or are accompanied by chest pain, a physicain office visit is in order. ...Read more

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My heart fluttering randomly, I get worried it got wrost when I was on a plane it was to many people help me im really scared that its something wrong?

My heart fluttering randomly, I get worried it got wrost when I was on a plane it was to many people help me im really scared that its something wrong?

Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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What exactly is heart fluttering? Same as palpitations?

Flutter? Palpitation: Yes it is the same in terms of patient symptom reporting. ...Read more

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I am on 50mg toprol (metoprolol) xl, but still suffer from heart fluttering what can I do?

I am on 50mg toprol (metoprolol) xl, but still suffer from heart fluttering what can I do?

Depends: I'm assuming a full history and physical was done and secondary causes ruled out. You are going to be limited to some degree by BP and heart rate at base line. If your still having symptoms and the dose of toprol (metoprolol) is as high as can be tolerated by your heart rate and blood pressure then an eps study with possible ablation is the most definitive and effective aproach. ...Read more

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Woke up middle of night with what felt like all 4 chambers of heart fluttering alt. Atflutter? Have had plenty of tests and family has no disease.

Woke up middle of night with what felt like all 4 chambers of heart fluttering alt. Atflutter? Have had plenty of tests and family has no disease.

Anxiety: This is in no way heart disease. It is you holding on to your stress or anxiety or panic in your chest. Thousands of people go through this every day and waste millions of dollars on heart or emergency room tests just to be told you have to come to grips with your worries, panic or stress. ...Read more

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How can I avoid panic attacks and heart fluttering?

How can I avoid panic attacks and heart fluttering?

Facing them: The two treatments for panic disorder are medication & cbt. Cbt involves exposure to the fear and not responding once the anxiety occurs. It involves facing fears head on. If you fall off a horse, you get back on. One needs to allow the anxiety to wash over them, cuz it will set you free. This is known as systematic desensitization. Or, you may need a medication. I would choose a nonaddictive one. ...Read more

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Can indigestion cause a heart fluttering sensation?

Can indigestion cause a heart fluttering sensation?

Yes.: There is a relationship between the heart and the esophagus so the flutter could be heart. Just check you pulse to see if they match. Also people can get fluttering of the muscles between the ribs. Otherwise indigestion is the more likely at your age. ...Read more

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Where do you feel heart fluttering? Can gas cause fluttering in the heart area? Mine are right in the middle of my chest

Where do you feel heart fluttering? Can gas cause fluttering in the heart area? Mine are right in the middle of my chest

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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What could cause heart fluttering right before my period?

Palpitations?: Palpitations caused by premature beats can worsen with hormonal shifts. ...Read more

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I have been having heart fluttering and a numb left arm? Big deal or not?

I have been having heart fluttering and a numb left arm? Big deal or not?

Maybe: Those are symptoms that should be evaluated. There are so many causes. Some are serious, some are not. ...Read more

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I've been on 75mcg of levothyroxine 6 days total now. I'm having heart fluttering and anxiety. Can I stop taking until my doc is back from vacation?

I've been on 75mcg of levothyroxine 6 days total now. I'm having heart fluttering and anxiety. Can I stop taking until my doc is back from vacation?

Yes!: If you've never been on thyroid replacement before, it's entirely possible that starting on that dose could cause palpitations in susceptible people. In such cases, it's recommended that you start at 25, then 50, then 75 with at least 1-2 weeks between dose changes. I'd stop for now and talk further with your doctor. ...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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My father 72 diagnosed AF after a big stroke. I get heart fluttering regularly. Should I get checked? In the uk its hard to get referrals from the GP!

My father 72 diagnosed AF after a big stroke. I get heart fluttering regularly. Should I get checked? In the uk its hard to get referrals from the GP!

Two questions.: First is about the atrial fib in the father. Atrial fib is a risk for stroke that is reducible with various blood thinners.
Then... mostly it wouldn't be hereditary. A HOLTER MONITOR would determine if there is a serious arrhythmia. Its useful mainly when tehre isn't a problem to be a first step in counseling, anxiety treatment. ...Read more

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Moderate/severe chest pain on/off since 3pm its now 3 am, heart fluttering at random I drank heavily last night could this. Be anxiety or a-fib?

Moderate/severe chest pain on/off since 3pm its now 3 am, heart fluttering at random I drank heavily last night could this. Be anxiety or a-fib?

It could be many: Things including a heart arrhythmia and even a heart attack or a anxiety attack. Go to emergency room asap. Talk to your parents, friends or 911 if alone. ...Read more

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Can sinus tachycardia cause a feeling of heart flutters, without PVC or PAC?

Can: Elevated heart rate feel like an elevated heart rate. Yes, but it begs the question of why it is occurring. ...Read more

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Bloodwork chest xrays ekgs stress test echo`s. 24hr and event holter came back good. Still having annoying pacs/heart fluttering any thoughts on this?

Bloodwork chest xrays ekgs stress test echo`s. 24hr and event holter came back good. Still having annoying pacs/heart fluttering any thoughts on this?

Palpitation: Fluttering or palpitations can occur due to irregular heart beat like pacs, but some patients can feel it even with a completely normal rhythm. Rest assured that in the absence of a persistent abnormal rhythm pacs, even with fluttering is not dangerous. If you feel it frequently and there get too annoying talk to your dr about non-pharmacological lifestyle changes or medication to suppress them. ...Read more