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Do Fluttering Sensation On The Left Side Of The Chest In A 76-year-old Need Medical Attention?

I have a cardiac question. About every couple of weeks I feel a fluttering sensation in my left chest. This has been going on for about a year. Sometimes it wakes me up at night. I am a nurse (retired) so of course I check my pulse. It is skipping about every 6 or 7 beats and the episode lasts for about 5-7 minutes. I am 76 years old, in reasonable good health, stay active and take a daily med for HTN. Should I see my primary MD?
Mon, 1 Jul 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hello,

* A regular base skip pulse at 76 years age with hypertension should not be neglected as far as you are retired nurse.
* There can be underlying asymptomatic heart block or else condition which require primary EKG evaluation with your MD and further guidelines ahead.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Pulmonologist Dr. Dr. Jolanda's  Response
Hello

As you explain the situation yes I think better to see your doctor and he will order an ECG for you to evaluate the heart rates to be more sure if everything is good.

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Dr.Jolanda
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Do Fluttering Sensation On The Left Side Of The Chest In A 76-year-old Need Medical Attention?

Hello, * A regular base skip pulse at 76 years age with hypertension should not be neglected as far as you are retired nurse. * There can be underlying asymptomatic heart block or else condition which require primary EKG evaluation with your MD and further guidelines ahead. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon