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Could steroids make the heart flutter?

Could steroids make the heart flutter?

Not directly: The sensation of palpitations is fairly common and steroids (depending on the type, potency, and route of administration) have many possible adverse effects, including some cardiovascular ones. However, it is more likely that the underlying condition for which you are receiving the steroids, or associated conditions, may be the root cause of the "flutter". If persistent, talk to your doctor. ...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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Why could the heart flutter at night?

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

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How do I know if I have heart flutter?

How do I know if I have heart flutter?

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

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What are some of the symptoms of a heart flutter?

Chest sensation: If you mean atrial flutter that is a specific rhythm where the heart skips or beats fast causing a fluttering or skipping sensation in the chest which we call palpitations. This can eventually lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, even chest pain if the heart is beating fast enough. ...Read more

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Why could someone's heart flutter when he or she lays down?

Why could someone's heart flutter when he or she lays down?

Heart position: Change in position affects the brain regulation of heart rate. It also may cause stretching of certain chambers. These can result in premature beats or other arrhythmias. Those same arrhythmias may be more easy to feel and notice when lying as opposed to walking around. ...Read more

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What should someone do if he or she feels their heart flutter and race?

What should someone do if he or she feels their heart flutter and race?

See physician: Everybody gets skipped beats, but a run of flutter or racing, especially if it takes your breath away, is reason to get seen for a thyroid check, ekg, rhythm study, and whatever else. Usually these are mild nuisances easily managed, but occasionally they warn of something dangerous. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can reflux feel like a heart flutter?

Can reflux feel like a heart flutter?

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

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How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

How could heart flutter be treated without surgery?

Medicines: With medicines to control the heart rate, to prevent clots in the heart, and to convert the flutter back to a regular rhythm and keep it there. Also at times the heart is given a shock to convert the rhythm back to normal. ...Read more

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Does fiber cause heart flutter?

Does fiber cause heart flutter?

Probably not: I have never seen or heard of that. If you just mean palpitations or a fluttering sensation in the chest, perhaps. Some people get bloating from a high fiber diet and that could possible cause fluttering sensations in the chest. All palpitations are not related to actual irregular heart beat. The palpitation is just a sensation that you get of fluttering in the chest. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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


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Steroids (Definition)

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