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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 your heart flutter when you yawn?

Why could your heart flutter when you yawn?

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

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Why could the heart flutter at night?

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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Could someone feel his or her heart flutter?

Could someone feel his or her heart flutter?

Yes: Heart palpitations are sensations of fluttering or skipped heart beats. Atrial flutter is a rhythm disorder which can often be sensed by people who have it. ...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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Could heart flutter be caused by scratching certain parts of the body?

Could heart flutter be caused by scratching certain parts of the body?

No: Although anything is possible, I can't think of a way that those two things are related. ...Read more

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Could too much exercise cause a heart flutter?

Maybe, but....: As a general rule, exercise is more likely to reveal an underlying heart problem that was already there than to cause a heart problem. ...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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Could sadness cause heart flutter?

Could sadness cause heart flutter?

Unlikely: Anxiety can cause palpitations, the sensation that one's heart is pounding. Sadness is not associated with heart rhythm irregularities. Heart flutter should be evaluated by your pcp. ...Read more

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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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How does a heart flutter feel?

How does a heart flutter feel?

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

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Can you describe a heart flutter?

Yes: Palpitations refer to a fluttering sensation in the chest which most commonly is related to the heart beating fast and/or more forcefully and/or beating irregularly. ...Read more

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Does love make your heart flutter?

Does love make your heart flutter?

Only on Valentine's: Just kidding. Any strong sensation or emotion can cause you to sense palpitations or heart fluttering. .. But it shouldn't actually cause rhythm problems. An ekg or holter monitor should be used to see your heart's rhythm. ...Read more

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What are causes of a heart flutter?

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

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Can getting hot cause heart flutter?

Can getting hot cause heart flutter?

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

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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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Why does my heart flutter every so often?

Why does my heart flutter every so often?

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

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Should I be concerned with a heart flutter?

Should I be concerned with a heart flutter?

Yes: Well, you should get it checked out even though it is probably benign. Most palpitations are benign unless you have additional symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of heart flutter?

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

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I can feel my heart flutter, what does it mean?

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

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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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When should a heart flutter be a cause for concern?

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

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Why would a heart flutter sometimes like it got off beat?

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

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Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

Why did my heart flutter multiple times? Should I be worried?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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Can someone go out on permanent disability for 'heart flutter'?

Can someone go out on permanent disability for 'heart flutter'?

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

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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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Is feeling a heart flutter 4 or 5 times a day unusal and is it a sign of a problem?

Can be a problem: I see you are in Lisinopril and metropolol for htn. I will recommend an ekg, holter monitor and even a stress test to see the response of exercise to your heart. See a physician. ...Read more

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