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How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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Esophagus spasm would be more likely to produce pain whereas palpitation is usually a fluttering sensation.
The word palpitation refers to the feeling in the chest but it usually implies that the problem is an irregular pulse. An EKG would determine if the heart rhythm is regular or not. Sometimes we have to hook the patient up to a 24 hour monitor to catch the irregularity.

In brief: See below
Esophagus spasm would be more likely to produce pain whereas palpitation is usually a fluttering sensation.
The word palpitation refers to the feeling in the chest but it usually implies that the problem is an irregular pulse. An EKG would determine if the heart rhythm is regular or not. Sometimes we have to hook the patient up to a 24 hour monitor to catch the irregularity.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: They're not similar
Palpitations feel like a flutter or a missed beat.
They're unnerving but don't hurt. Esophageal spasm hurts!

In brief: They're not similar
Palpitations feel like a flutter or a missed beat.
They're unnerving but don't hurt. Esophageal spasm hurts!
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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