Some 'fluttering' is benign (or not dangerous) and other 'flutterings) could be serious. The only way to get it diagnosed is to go to the doctor. If it continues for more than it takes you to get to an ER-go. Depending on what's going on, they can hook you up to a monitor and try to catch the rythm. Sometimes, it's so fleeting (or quick) you'll need a halter monitor that you wear for 24 hrs and it'll catch the beats. (most of the time) The most important thing, is how do you feel when you have them? If you have any problems breathing, chest pain, feeling faint-you should go to an ER right away. And don't drive yourself! Most irregular heart beats I've seen in the ER are benign- or don't need any intervention. Age really isn't a factor-some of the fastest heart beats I've seen in young adults! Either way, it's causing concern to you-so check it out.
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Hi. For the past five years i have had intermittent episodes of fluttering/vibration/wobbling feeling in my chest near the left apex. It lasted for more than six months the first time and was bad enough that it extended throughout my circulation and i could feel the blood moving left AND right between my shoulderblades (both lying down and when i walked). The vibration is felt not imagined but did not show up anything abnormal on an ECHO (private as my doc would not refer me) except mild mitral leakage. After seventeen doctors i met a locum who detected a systolic murmur and prescribed proprnalol 120 mg daily for prophylactic reasons. I stayed on this for about a year and the internal wobbling/vibration very slowly dissipated (i quit my very high stress job and was in bed for most of the year) and eventually the symptoms disappeared completely. I reduced the propranalol down to 40 mg a day and then was able to stay off it for a year. But every six months or so, the wobble comes back (it is a shaking inside which is autonomous and i have no control over it. It is almost like a bad caffeine reaction which won t turn off but it s not a racing heartbeat; just a very strange regular vibration like the ascending aorta is bouncing up and down very slightly). The propranalol helps with anxiety but if the vibration gets really bad, i double and triple the dose and, normally, the vibration gets killed off over a few weeks and i can drop the dose back down to 40 mg. Sometimes i wonder if long-term use of Propranalol is actually causing the vibration; but apparently there is NO data on this available in spite of the drug having been FDA-approved for more than 60 years (rather strange?). Since Propranalol makes your heart think it doesn t have to work so hard especially under stress, it makes me wonder what happens if you have a true underlying structural or mechanical problem; obviously, Propranalol will only mask any real cause. After fighting this for more than five years i am tired. Recently, my work has been extremely stressful (the environment is like that of an extremely busy Air Traffic Control) and my Mother passed away from cancer; but i was forced to travel 12500 km (twice) last year and this year to help her as she deteriorated, and i had to do it practically alone. A few weeks ago, the vibrations started again. They begin with a repetitive cycling and last all day; they get worse when i lie down and it takes hours for them to almost dissapear (but they do not unless i take 3x40 mg Propranalol at once)...when i turn on my left side to sleep, they get much worse and it is like there is a (loud) heavy rumbling inside my chest. They begin when i am asleep and often wake me up; and appear to be caused by sleep apnea which i was diagnosed with in 2005. But i refused to use CPAP as i felt i could never get used to it (and i only had one apnea episode lasting 1 minute and my oxygenation was normal; but i was asked to fork out $1000 for a machine and i felt i could do better). I do believe sleep apnea has contributed to a very mild structural defect which i probably have in the mitral valve; but the current situation would appear to indicate that i do not need any serious intervention (and i definitely do not want any...this is a very risky area to get involved in and in any case, i can t afford $25,000 for a mitral repair). However, i worry that over time, this vibration is indicating clearly that i have a growing (and i use the word literally) underlying internal heart problem or circulatory/pulmonary valve issue which should have early intervention. But the current status quo in the West indicates that i will be always treated as a head case or anxiety case and left to deal with this alone. That is highly disconcerting. The only thing i can think of is to get a new ECHO again (costs me $500 each time) and compare the numbers with those from the one i had a year ago; and a chext X-Ray to check shape and size. I really understand now (as i did not before) the dangers of premature/unnecessary intervention in the cardiac area; but i am also quite concerned that doing nothing will possibly exacerbate a real but untreated phsyical abnormality which is asking for treatment. I can afford insurance but i am concerned that i will be denied and in any event, do not ever want to have to undertake any kind of surgery if at all possible. Note: i am a smoker of about 2 years and have been cutting back (less than 1/2 a pack a day). But the smoking actually seems to improve the fluttering...and i don t drink much caffeine or use drugs. Any suggestions as to how to eliminate this condition?
Occasionally and more often recently, my heart kind of flutters like it s racing and it feels like it skips a beat, it makes me lose my breath and cough . I had my heart checked out last summer for the same issue and was told my heart was fine. Oh and also, I am a 35 yr old female, in fairly good health, I am overweight and I am under way more stress than most people my age. My husband is dying from congestive heart failure and he is also a lortab addict which puts a huge strain on our marriage. I have three children, one is a teenager and I work a full time job. YYYY@YYYY
I was just recently in the hospital and they diagnosed me with tonsillitis that got into my blood causing my white blood cell count to raise to 22. They also found a heart murmur at this time. Lately I have been feeling like a flutter feeling or racing heart beats. I feel anxious almost but it s very uncomfortable should I be looking to see a doctor?
I recently had an ECG after an abnormal EKG. The ECG showed vent. rate 108bpm Sinus tachycardia, PR interval 158 ms, possible left atrial enlargement, QRS duration 88 ms , nonspecific ST abnormality, QT/QTc 368/493 ms, abnormal ECG, P-R-T axes 70 48 58 and prolonged QT. The cardiologist didn t seem very concerned and felt the abnormality was because of the medication I was taking - remeron for sleeping; I suffer from chronic insomnia. I have been on this medication for over two years and have never had any side effects or problems with it. In the past three-four months, however, I have been experiencing chest pains, some severe which is why I went to my physician to get the first EKG which showed a fast heart beat and was referred to the cardiologist for an ECG, EKG and a stress test. I was only on the treadmill for maybe 4 1/3 minutes before I experienced SOB and chest pains. They repeated the ECG and I was told it was abnormal and to discuss my medications with my psychiatrist and that I had nothing to worry about. When I see abnormal ECG, EKG and am taking nitro tablets with a family history of heart disease (father COPD, CHF and angioplasty; grandfather died of a heart attack), I have a tendency not to believe the doctor. I have not even been contacted by my physician for a follow-up visit. Should I be concerned. Cancer also runs in my family; my father died of colon, liver CA and I am breast cancer survivor. I d appreciate your comments. Should I seek another opinion? Thanks, Mary Kopco YYYY@YYYY I am a 61 y.o. white female, 137 lbs w/ hx of cancer (bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy for CA of uterus), osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, high cholesterol (328), allergic to any statin drugs, being treated with Zetia 10 mg 1 x/day. Presently taking nitro tabs for chest pain, oxybutityn for overactive bladder, clonazepam 1mg 3x/day for anxiety and depression. I look forward to your response. Thank you.
hi my father was 76 and died of ischaemic heart disease and severe coronary atherosclerosis: heart hypertrophy and chronic congestive heart failure he was waiting for tests to be done with waiting lists 14 weeks i need to know if he could of been cured if he was seen sooner rather than later
Hi I had sever mitral',valve reguritation in june when was pregnant, my last heart scan showed the leaking had slowed/stopped, I am due another heart scan next week, but these last few days been experiencing bad circulation in my feet when i get out of bed, have always had in my hands but never my feet,'will this be due to my heart problem?
Hello Dr, 41 year old, non-smoker, 1-5 units of alcohol a week, active, no other health issues. Family history of heart problems (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ), have been checked and do not have it, although have a slight thickening of arterial knuckle which gets monitored. I m getting what feels like pulses or faint flutters from my oesophagus region to the top of my sternum region, these symptoms are infrequent during the day to sometimes non-existent, but at night the symptoms only occur when laid on my back or on my left side (they disappear when I m lying on my right side?) and feel more constant with a heart beat ie pulses at a constant rate. Occasionally have slight breathlessness since this has started 1 week ago. Now I ve had a slight upset stomach (although not constipated I ve not been regular) the last week and the symptoms do seem to be more present when I have heavy feeling in my stomach and then subside once I pass wind. Is the pulses/flutter linked to this and could be a blockage and wind not escaping? Or something else?
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