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Heart Fluttering A Lot
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 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 â€” the upper chambers of the heart. A cardiologistâ€™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 â€” 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
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
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
My heart has been fluttering a lot and its accompanied by constant chest pain. What does this sound like?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I did about 10 lines of cocaine and a few days later have been having heart fluttering for the next three days. It frightens me. I'm not going to do i?
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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?
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
Flutter? Palpitation: Yes it is the same in terms of patient symptom reporting. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Palpitations?: Palpitations caused by premature beats can worsen with hormonal shifts. ...Read more
Maybe: Those are symptoms that should be evaluated. There are so many causes. Some are serious, some are not. ...Read more
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
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
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!
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
Strong heart fluttering on right and left side of left breast. Happens off and on about every other day or so, been going on for awhile and I'm only 35?
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?
Can: Elevated heart rate feel like an elevated heart rate. Yes, but it begs the question of why it is occurring. ...Read more
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
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