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Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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Should I worry if my heart flutters?

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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Should I worry if my heart flutters?

Maybe: The sensation of feeling your heartbeat (heart flutters) is called palpitations and most of the time it is a completely benign symptom. However if it is accompanied by weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, passing out, or chest pressure/pain...Or you have a history of heart problems it can be the sign of serious illness and should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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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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Random little heart flutters last quite a while an a headache I'm starting to worry it was happening since earlier this afternoon how can I stop this?

Random little heart flutters last quite a while an a headache I'm starting to worry it was happening since earlier this afternoon how can I stop this?

Would depend: This is not a valid format for diagnosing your particular condition but we can give some information. A few irregular beats of no significance happen to everyone. Serious electrical abnormalities can occur at any age. Tape recording heart rhythms with a holster monitor are needed to diagnose and treat ...Read more

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My doctor put me on 75mcg of levothyroxine 4 days ago for hypothyroidism. Is occasional heart flutters normal? Should i worry?

My doctor put me on 75mcg of levothyroxine 4 days ago for hypothyroidism. Is occasional heart flutters normal? Should i worry?

Start low: You should go back to ur doc and get an ekg done. Also ur dose may be too high to start with. Maybe ur doc could cut back the dose and move up in dose by 12.5 mg gradually every few months and regularly checking ur tsh. Titrating is a slow process. ...Read more

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Can exercise cause heart flutters?

Possible: There are some cardiac arrhythmias related to exercise. Best to get an exercise stress test to see that. ...Read more

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What are causing my heart flutters?

What are causing my heart flutters?

Many possibilities : Need to be evaluated by your doctor. Could be as simple as too much caffeine. But you need to be examined to be sure. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my heart flutters?

Many different: Possibilities and the treatment can be very different depending upon the etiology. Recommend evaluation with your physician. ...Read more

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What do it means when your heart flutters?

What do it means when your heart flutters?

Arrythmia: Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a condition where heart's conduction system is abnormal and puts you at risk for stroke. You need to see a doc to discuss anticoagulation or ablation and a thalium stress test. ...Read more

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Heart flutters when i lay down. Is this bad?

Flutters: Palpitations when lying down are annoying but generally not problematic from the standpoint of health. If it is frequent and bothersome you should consult your doctor to be sure nothing abnormal is causing it. ...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