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Why does my heart flutter when I cough?

Why does my heart flutter when I cough?

Vagal Stimulation: Cough and palpitations may be mediated by the same nerve in the body (called the vagus nerve). With significant coughing irriation of the nerve can take place resulting in palpitations or tachycardia (fast heart beat). Usually palpitations associated with coughing are safe but you should be evaluated by a health care provider to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Had virtually every diagnostic test- all negative. Still have constant palpitations, spasms in heart, cough, heart fluttering, chest pain. What is it?

Had virtually every diagnostic test- all negative. Still have constant palpitations, spasms in heart, cough, heart fluttering, chest pain. What is it?

Difficult to answer : These significant symptoms require a person to person evaluation, examination by a doctor, and a variety of testing. A Cardiologist is who you need to consult with. If you have already seen one, then I would recommend a second opinion by another one. ...Read more

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Sometimes after eating junk food /having beer, when I lie down I get a heart flutter that my heart races for aboutt 10 seconds. Goes away when I cough?

Sometimes after eating junk food /having beer, when I lie down I get a heart flutter that my heart races for aboutt 10 seconds. Goes away when I cough?

Be monitored: This is likely a fast heart rate that resolves with a canal manoeuvre or cough. See your doctor for an EKG and a monitor study. Note foods/drums that trigger it and try to avoid them. All the best. ...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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Why does my heart flutter after I had a triple bypass?

Common: It may feel like fluttering since heart sac disrupted. It may really have flutter or atrial fibrillation or pvcs or other arrhythmias after heart surgery. About 1/3 of patients do and most get over it by 6 week followup. ...Read more

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Why does my heart flutter when i eat beef I have high blood pressure.

Why does my heart flutter when i eat beef I have high blood pressure.

Blood pressure: Processed beef that has various seasonings in it may affect blood pressure and perhaps cause palpitations. Steaks and other unprocessed cuts when simply seasoned with salt/pepper probably do not cause much in the way of secondary BP or palpitations. ...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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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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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


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