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Is it normal to feel your lung flutter?

Is it normal to feel your lung flutter?

Not really ...: It may be your heart fluttering ... Or possibly be fluid in your airways that you feel on your chest, rather than your lungs per se ... ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I can feel my heart flutter and I can't seem to breathe properly. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

I can feel my heart flutter and I can't seem to breathe properly. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

Not necesserily: Feeling your heart fluttering means that your hearts rhythm is not regular, most likely you are having some kind of atrial arrhythmia (ie atrial fib or flutter). This can be the reason for your respiratory problems rather than your lungs. It may also be a combination of heart and lung disease. You need to see your doctor, to diagnose the cause and discuss all your options for treatment. ...Read more

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Really scared, I have a fluttering feeling on right side just below breast and right side of top oabdomen, no pain, ER doc, said not heart or lung!

Really scared, I have a fluttering feeling on right side just below breast and right side of top oabdomen, no pain, ER doc, said not heart or lung!

Depends: If you were on a heart monitor at the time you had your fluttering, the er doctor saw it, and it was normal, you can be confident your symptoms are not due to a heart rhythm problem. The other causes should have been evaluated by the er doctor. ...Read more

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I have lam disease -a rare lung disease. Just diagnosed w/atrial flutter &prescribed metoprolol tartrate. Any lung side effects from new med 2 watch 4?

I have lam disease -a rare lung disease. Just diagnosed w/atrial flutter &prescribed metoprolol tartrate. Any lung side effects from new med 2 watch 4?

Beta blockers: In sensitive patients with reactive airway disease, beta blockers may trigger airways spasm leading to asthma-like symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing. ...Read more

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My lung feels really heavy for some reason. Is this normal? Will it go away?

My lung feels really heavy for some reason. Is this normal? Will it go away?

Not normal: The sensation is not normal. More details are needed to determine its onset, triggers, contributing and relieving factors, background medical history. X-rays and lung function testing are also needed. Only then can you determine the chances that it will go away. ...Read more

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How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung? Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?

How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung?  Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?

Not uncommon: In patients who have been in and out of the hospital. It still would not be considered "normal" colonization and could be an issue if the person becomes sick in other ways. ...Read more

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When I am tired, i feel like i'm not getting enough oxygen and my lungs won't expand fully. Is this a normal function?

Yes: It's not unusual for me to see patients who are tired/ not getting much exercise who feel a need to sigh deeply, feeling they can't quite get that deep breath they need to satisfy them. The only two things I have found that help them are more rest and more exercise. There are some stretch receptors in the lungs which i believe are playing a role in this problem. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the lungs to regain normal functioning and cleanse itself after quitting 8 pack-years of smoking?

How long does it take for the lungs to regain normal functioning and cleanse itself after quitting 8 pack-years of smoking?

weeks: Bronchial inflammation and increased mucus production should return to normal in 1-2 mo. Bronchospasm from smoke irritation should also be much better after a couple of weeks. Frequently nasal congestion and post nasal drainage clear in 2-3 weeks. ...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