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My heart flutters a lot. What can I do about it?

My heart flutters a lot. What can I do about it?

See doctor: Palpitations need investigations including bloods and ECG and depending on ECG you might need cardiology review.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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Are heart flutters due to eating a lot of chocolate?

Are heart flutters due to eating a lot of chocolate?

Possibly: There is a little caffeine in chocolate, so if you eat a lot of it you can get enough caffeine to cause palpitations.

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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.

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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.

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Should I worry if my heart flutters?

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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.

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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.

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I have heart flutters when I am relaxed?

I have heart flutters when I am relaxed?

Palpitations: It is always easier to feel extra beats when there are no distractions.

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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.

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I've been having heart flutters all day for 3-4days?

Cardiologist: Avoid caffeine and alcohol and go in to get an ECG to make sure your heart is ok. Many benign conditions such as anxiety can cause palpitations that feel like flutters but if they persist you need to be checked, and have your thyroid checked too.

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What should I do if my heart flutters uncontrollably?

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.

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Heart flutters, what's with this symptom I'm getting?

Heart flutters, what's with this symptom I'm getting?

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.

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What's a good suppliment or medication for heart flutters?

What's a good suppliment or medication for heart flutters?

None: No supplement is going to prevent or cure it... Best is to avoid caffeine, drink plenty of fluids and check with your doctor to see if you suffer from cardiac dysthymia.

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What are possible causes for heart flutters upon waking only?

What are possible causes for heart flutters upon waking only?

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.

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Heart flutters when im laying down or sitting. Could this be serious?

Maybe: Palpitations can be arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) or stress or many other things. See your doctor for a careful history and physical and maybe some additional testing.

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I get heart flutters in the middle of the night that wake me up, what should I do?

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.

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My heart flutters when my boss comes around because I'm nervous. Is there anything I can do?

My heart flutters when my boss comes around because I'm nervous. Is there anything I can do?

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.

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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