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Why Could Your Heart Flutter When You Wake Up
See Below: Because in young people flutter or atrial fibrillation could be activated by the structure in the right atrium and at the superior aspect of the inferior vena cava and yawning is usually a symptom of vagal tone and may lead to arrythmias through the same process. Cold drinks with ice can lead to acute atrial fibrillation through the same process. ...Read more
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
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
No: Although anything is possible, I can't think of a way that those two things are related. ...Read more
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
Aware of Heart Beat: Heart flutter is an awareness of your heart beat. It may be related to a rapid heart beat, or extra beats and is often referred to as palpitations. It may be caused by stress, medication, or other lifestyle considerations and in the absence of structural heart disease is of little concern. It however also can be a marker of a serious heart problem so if persistent consult your doctor. ...Read more
Any arrhythimia: The heart can flutter with premature ventricular contractions (pvc), premature atrial contractions (pac), atrial fibrillatrion etc. Fluttering also known as palpitations is basically a symptom and further work up is needed. ...Read more
No: Well we hate to say never in medicine, but I never heard of heat causing atrial flutter. Perhaps if you were overheated you could get symptoms of your heart skipping, but I am talking about the rhythm called atrial flutter. There are many causes such as hypertension, overactive thyroid, valve problems, and alcohol, but not heat to my knowlege. ...Read more
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
Ectopic beats?: Everybody's heart does a flipflip once in a while, more in caffeine users; we call this a premature ventricular contraction and unless you have more than 5 per minute, or a run of them, or have pain or faint, it's a non-problem. If by flutter you mean episodes of the heart racing and perhaps taking your breath away, it's probably supraventricular tachycardia. Ask your physician. Good luck. ...Read more
Abnormalities/Damage: Abnormalities or damage to the structure of your heart are the most common. However there are other causes: heart attacks, high blood pressure, stress, an overactive thyroid gland, medications, caffeine, lung diseases, viral infections, and/or previous heart surgeries. ...Read more
May not be a problem: Some people feel their heart beat, even when it's beating normally, like in a quiet environment. If there are episodic irregular beats, for whatever reason, those sensations can be magnified. Stress or fear, anxiety, caffeine can be benign causes, but medications (including over the counter) and diseases can create "flutters". Best to talk to your doctor for an ecg, ? Holter, ? Event monitor. ...Read more
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
Heart flutter: It depends under what circumstances they occur and if you have a history of heart disease. Start with a visit to your primary care md and then proceed on to a cardiologist if appropriate. ...Read more
Many reasons: Many times the heart skips or beats irregularly in people who are otherwise normal. So most of the time we don't know. There are certain types of heart rhythm problems which are associated with actual abnormalities and disease in the heart. Examples are thyroid problems, anemia, heart muschle problems, and valve problems. ...Read more
Possible: It would depend on how disabling the symptoms are. Ordinarily, flutter can be controlled with medication or even cured with ablation, so flutter itself, if properly treated, would ordinarily not be disabling (well unless you are an airplane pilot for instance). Whether someone gets social security disabilty is determined by certain criteria but you can get a hearing before a judge if you disagree. ...Read more
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
Seen my heart dr yesterday. After exam he said he thinks my heart flutter is benign but ordered test to be sure. Should I worry, 31 healthy.
Listen to MD: Sounds like your doctor is on the right track. Don't be worried and follow his suggestions ...Read more
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