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What Do It Means When Your Heart Flutters
What does it mean when i put pressure on my chest by my heart and i lose my breath...i also have had moments of heart flutters?
Cardiac exam: You must beexamined and have an EKG taken. Your question cannot be answered online. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Call if you feel bad: Many people will have an occasional skipping or racing of their heart. However, if your heart races and you feel lightheaded, short of breath, sick to your stomach or have chest pains, these could be warning signs of a more serious heart problem and i would suggest you call you doctor right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: It depends on what the "flutters" are caused by, what type of cardiac arrhythmia. You need to wear a monitor, sometimes for three weeks until they can be identified. They can be as simple and benign as premature atrial or ventricular beats, to atrial flutter or fibrillation or supra-ventricular tachycardia. Anything more serious would be making you pass out, or worse. ...Read more
Startled?: If you wake up to an alarm clock, the noise may send stress chemicals in your body such as adrenaline. This could lead to palpitations right when you wake up. It would be helpful to have your doctor listen to your heart and possibly use a heart monitor to see what the heart is doing when you wake up. In the meantime, avoid caffeine, sleep deprivation and alcohol which can worsen palpitations. ...Read more
Get a heart monitor.: Watch what you are eating and drinking and see if there is a pattern. If you eat certain foods or drinks you notice symptoms try to, avoid triggers and see if symptoms improve. Consider getting a heart monitor which will help to see what exactly is happening withyour heart when these symptoms are occuring, so arrhythmias can be ruled out. Try to avoid taking decongestants also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it common that a kid rarely complains of heart flutters usually with exercise? Should I be worried?
Cardiologist exam: Fairly uncommon for kids to complain about this--perhaps 12 year-olds more commonly might. But a sensation of flutters can be nothing, or can be an early sign of significant heart problem. Best to have a physician take a careful history, examination and consider EKG. Consultation with a Pediatric Cardiologist may be recommended. ...Read more
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