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What could be causing my heart thump when I lay on my left side? Certain positions make my heart thump and beat irregular

What could be causing my heart thump when I lay on my left side? Certain positions make my heart thump and beat irregular

Awareness: It is likely increased positional awareness--your heart beats continuously (hopefully!), but some maneuvers/activities and positions make it a bit more prominent, and some people can sense this difference. If worried, talk to your dr, who might check an ekg or echo to be sure, but if otherwise healthy, should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


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I've been shaky, anxious, and feeling my heart thump in my chest when I lay down. I've been like this for about four hours. Cause?

I've been shaky, anxious, and feeling my heart thump in my chest when I lay down. I've been like this for about four hours. Cause?

There are a number: Of arrhythmias that can produce symptoms like you describe. It is impossible to determine this over the internet. In particular you have not indicated what your heart rate (pulse) is. If your pulse is faster than 120 BPM while lying down I would suggest you go to get checked out now. ...Read more

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Sometimes I wake up during the night and have a panic attack that really makes my heart thump. How can I control this? Already on meds.

Sometimes I wake up during the night and have a panic attack that really makes my heart thump. How can I control this? Already on meds.

Check out these: Links. God bless u! http://www. Mind. Org. Uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/ http://www. Theinterviewwithgod. Com/popup-frame. Html. Http://m.huffpost. Com/us/entry/3281986/. ...Read more

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Most medications I've tried, anti-depressants, lamictal, to name a few, make my heart thump. Do these symptoms go away? Been on Lamictal about 2 weeks

Most medications I've tried, anti-depressants, lamictal, to name a few, make my heart thump. Do these symptoms go away? Been on Lamictal about 2 weeks

Most likely. No: Go back to the prescribing doctor for evaluation. Lamictel is a good medication but if you are having issues with the medication it is not for you. Go speak to doctor ...Read more

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Cardio question is it normal that I can feel my heart thump through my chest when I feel under my left side. I feel the same sensation if I lay on my left side. I am 6 foot 155 poundsso fairly skinny?

Cardio question is it normal that I can feel my heart thump through my chest when I feel under my left side. I feel the same sensation if I lay on my left side. I am 6 foot 155 poundsso fairly skinny?

Palpiations: Yes, it is physiologic for one to feel there heart beating especially when on the skinny side. Your heart does move with normal beating though can be due to abnormal heart beats or rhythm which you do not want to miss. I would recommend an EKG to be sure there are no arrhythmia though this is likely normal. ...Read more

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Felt a palpitation or big thump in my heart followed by loud heartbeat in both ears very scary had many heart tests in past and cardiodr says anxiety?

Felt a palpitation or big thump in my heart followed by loud heartbeat in both ears very scary had many heart tests in past and cardiodr says anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety or worry is a psychological & physiological state characterized by somatic, cognitive, emotional & behavioral features. It signifies fear/concern/unpleasant sensations/ dread. It causes restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension & concentration difficulties. It is considered a normal reaction to a stressor, unless it interferes with daily functioning or causes significant distress, as in panic. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up on my back, I feel my heart thumping, sometimes skipping. It's not fast, but hard. It goes away after a minute or two.

Sometimes when I wake up on my back, I feel my heart thumping, sometimes skipping. It's not fast, but hard. It goes away after a minute or two.

Palpitations: Many potential causes. Caffeine, medications, anxiety. Look into causes of intermittent palpitations with help of your physician. If continues and becomes significant, seek urgent / emergent care. If you have a family history of sudden cardiac death at a youngish age, get an ECHO. ...Read more

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I drank half a beer and my heart was thumping hard and he went up. Why is that?

Alcohol induced Anxi: I understand your discomfort.
“Heart thuming hard” (Palpitations) may be triggered by surge of Adrenaline, after overexertion, feeling nervous, anxious or excited.
Alcohol induced Anxiety can bring on palpitations.
Risk of palpitation is more with caffeine, smoking, or using recreational drugs before or during use of Alcohol.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress and anxiety, A.A. Meetings. ...Read more

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Heart beat feels like every thump is heavy & forceful like it's really pumping hard, but I checked my heart rate with a pulsoxy an it's 79BPM causes?

Heart beat feels like every thump is heavy & forceful like it's really pumping hard, but I checked my heart rate with a pulsoxy an it's 79BPM causes?

May be true?: You need an echocardiogram. If you have certain valvular issues, (e.g. severe aortic insufficiency or severe mitral regurgitation) or a rare entity called "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy", you may be feeling an unusually forceful heat beat. Alternatively, you may have "cardiac awareness." An echo will sort this out. The treatments are different. ...Read more

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When breathing out my heart beats harder and slows down. Can feel it thump in chest, ECG looks normal and BP normal when doing this. Can be annoying!

When breathing out my heart beats harder and slows down. Can feel it thump in chest, ECG looks normal and BP normal when doing this. Can be annoying!

Strong heart beat: This is called vasalva effect. Will happen if you take a deep breath and then blow it out slowly. Normal finding. ...Read more

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24 y/o make occasional heart thumping hard/palpitations when laying down. Echocardiogram clear ekgshows sinus arrythmia. Doc says that's normal. Advice?

24 y/o make occasional heart thumping hard/palpitations when laying down. Echocardiogram clear ekgshows sinus arrythmia. Doc says that's normal. Advice?

Less stress: Up to 6 abnormal beats per min. Are considered normal. The more you think about it the more stress you have;and more pac's.And avoid caffeine as in coffee and many soda drinks like monster, bull, and energy drinks. ...Read more

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When I work hard I get a thumping pain in my chest heart pounding extreme sweating shortness of breath dissyness feeling sick?

When I work hard I get a thumping pain in my chest heart pounding extreme sweating shortness of breath dissyness feeling sick?

Stop typing: I don't want to sound like an alarmist but these are not good symptoms. I would leave your computer right now and see your internist or a cardiologist. Even better you should go to the emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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I have a taste like copper in my mouth and am very nauseated, no Fever or chills and my heart feels like it's thumping very hard? Maybe flu?

I have a taste like copper in my mouth and am very nauseated, no Fever or chills and my heart feels like it's thumping very hard? Maybe flu?

Heart beat dysgeusia: Seek medical attention-ER immediately as it may be cardiac heart attack. If not, sinusitis, gingivitis, peridontitis, plaque, medications/vitamin deficiency (Zn, B12), reflux, DM hyperparathyroidism, Sjogrens syndrome, sarcoidosis, possible thyroid, renal disease can cause a metallic taste. And thyroid disease hyperparthyroidism, and reflux can be associated with cardiac symptoms ...Read more

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I'm suffering the sensation of my heart having ectopics and pumping slow but hard goin up into my throat. Also heavy palpitations thumping feeling?

I'm suffering the sensation of my heart having ectopics and pumping slow but hard goin up into my throat. Also heavy palpitations thumping feeling?

Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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Everytime I take a deep breath feels like my heart beats hard for a second or maybe a palpitation. Weirdweirdweird?

Everytime I take a deep breath feels like my heart beats hard for a second or maybe a palpitation. Weirdweirdweird?

Normal: That's probably normal. When you draw a deeper breath, more blood will flow toward your heart causing it to work harder. You can feel it, but most will not. If you don't have other symptoms, such as fainting, chat pain or palpitations during or afterwards, it is probably ok... ...Read more

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I think I have a heart palpitation or something. Sometime when I take a deep breath then exhale it feels like my heart beats 1 or 2 times hard. Help?

I think I have a heart palpitation or something. Sometime when I take a deep breath then exhale it feels like my heart beats 1 or 2 times hard. Help?

Probably extra beat: The pressure in your chest changes with inspiration and expiration this sometimes causes the heart to have an extra beat. Sometimes you can feel this beat and sometimes not. This is not an uncommon phenomena. This is usually a benign finding. If you continue to be concerned you can get a Holter monitor which will show what your heart is doing. Speak with your MD. ...Read more

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Heart palpitation while lying down. Only at night can I feel a strong heartbeat which interrupts smooth breathing making it hard to sleep.?

Heart palpitation while lying down. Only at night can I feel a strong heartbeat which interrupts smooth breathing making it hard to sleep.?

Holter: You probably would need a holter monitor to document what you are feeling. Sometimes when things are quiet and are minds are not occupied, we feel more things. But I am not downplaying what you are feeling so talk to your doctor to find out, document, and diagnose what it wrong so it can be treated. ...Read more

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When I was running on the treadmill I had a strong palpitation, heart skipped ad beated hard. And noticed a pain in kidney. What does that mean?

When I was running on the treadmill I had a strong palpitation, heart skipped ad beated hard. And noticed a pain in kidney. What does that mean?

Palpitation: If its only happened once it means it happened once. If this happens in whole or part more often then you ought to go see your dr. And get checked out. It may be nothing, one thing or a combination of things. ...Read more

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Hits me out of nowhere and it becomes hard to breath for a few seconds, sudden heart palpitation then stops followed by bloating and belching. Help!

Hits me out of nowhere and it becomes hard to breath for a few seconds, sudden heart palpitation then stops followed by bloating and belching. Help!

Not clear: Your symptoms involve several organ systems of the body and several potential possibilities ranging from indigestion to a skipped heart beat, to a lung issue. Further evaluation with your pcp is suggested. Good luck. ...Read more

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33weeks pregnant and my heart feels like it's pounding hard and forceful, yet my heart rate is normal 80bpm... Is this still classed as a palpitation?

33weeks pregnant and my heart feels like it's pounding hard and forceful, yet my heart rate is normal 80bpm... Is this still classed as a palpitation?

Yes, but: Although palpitations are classified as any heartbeat that is irregular, too fast, or more forceful than usual, it is more worrisome when they are too fast or irregular. When pregnant, our cardiac output increases dramatically, and the force of our heartbeats can be stronger and more perceptible. If you do not have any chest pain, shortness of breath, or feeling dizzy, then I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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Heart palpitation w/ center chest pain. Lasts few moments. Dizziness & sweating fallow for several mins; felt plus pulsing in neck hard & fast.

Heart palpitation w/ center chest pain. Lasts few moments. Dizziness & sweating fallow for several mins; felt plus pulsing in neck hard & fast.

Palpitation: Need to see doc asap for evaluation, arrhythmia such as flutter, wpw (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), supraventricular tachycardia etc... May cause this; however other diseases such as anxiety, hyperthyroidism may also cause palpitation. ...Read more

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Skipped heart beat is it like thumpping?

Heart rhythm is: Supposed to be regular, an early beat may cause a pause, but these can be started from atrial sources (flutter, fibrillation or pac's) or ventricle, pvc's. These usually are uncomfortable, but thumping is not how I would describe...But it might be, . ...Read more

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I sometimes wake up with my heart thumping as if I worked out what is this?

I sometimes wake up with my heart thumping as if I worked out what is this?

Need evaluation: It could be a number of reasons. It would be necessary to check your heart rate during that time to determine your actual heart rate during that time. That information would be helpful. Your primary care physician could evaluate you to determine if you might have a thyroid problem, electrolyte imbalance or other cause. It may require an evaluation subsequently by cardiology for arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Several times a day upon standing up or exercise my heart gives a sudden thump or jumping or dropping sensation. What is it? Is this dangerous?

Several times a day upon standing up or exercise my heart gives a sudden thump or jumping or dropping sensation. What is it? Is this dangerous?

A PVC: In all likelihood, it's a pvc, a single extra heartbeat from the lower chamber. Don't sweat it - 75% of the "normal" population has them in any given 24 hour period of time. ...Read more

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Why is there like a heart beating and a thump feeling on my leg as I cross my leg?

Why is there like a heart beating and a thump feeling on my leg as I cross my leg?

Popliteal pulse: Rarely there can be a dilation or aneurysm of the popliteal (artery that runs behind the knee), but in your youth that is very unusual.
Ask your doctor to feel the area on your next exam. ...Read more

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I sometimes feel an extra thump in my heart beat what could that be?

I sometimes feel an extra thump in my heart beat what could that be?

At your age...: Almost always a normal finding. We all experience 'extra'. Pre premature atrial or ventricular beats infrequently. Sometimes, these are sensed by the individual but many time not. If they are infrequent for you, and you have no other symptoms and are not consuming lots of coffee or addicted to red bull, you should be fine. ...Read more

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As I am dignosed with the odd SVE Ectopic beat would a couple of skipped beats followed with a thump or thud in Heart be a Symptom of SVE? 2 Per month

As I am dignosed with the odd SVE Ectopic beat would a couple of skipped beats followed with a thump or thud in Heart be a Symptom of SVE? 2 Per month

What you are: Describing ispretty classical for the beat FOLLOWING a extrasystole (ectopic beat) The ectopis beat depolarizes the heart and it FILLS for a longer period of time so that the next REGULAR beat occurs with a larger volume of blood in the heart resulting in the "THUD"
NOT TO WORRY. A very common arrythmia!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more