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I have a weird heartbeat, what should i do ?

It s been happening for a couple days. Here is a estimate heartbeat that is the pattern I feel. I know teens have heart palpitations sometimes and it s normal, I sometimes get one, like once a few weeks, but I don t think what I m feeling is normal...it s happens when mostly when I m sitting or laying down, or crouching. It doesn t happen all the time, sometimes I won t feel it the whole day but other times I ll feel it every 10 min. Here s the pattern in a shortened version. Every line is a heart beat: l---l--ll-l-l-ll--l--ll---l---l Every double heart beat feels like a flutter, it s weird feeling that I can t describe. Sometimes this pattern will happen once, or it will keep going for a couple minutes. Please help. It will flutter, and then it s at a faster rate. Then it will flutter again, then a slower rate, then it will flutter, and go back to normal. Remember, I m 14.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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You're probably going to be fine. However, as this is obviously troubling you perhaps you should tell your parents and ask them to take you to the doctor for a check up. Your doctor should ask you about family history (to see if there has been anyone with sudden death or heart troubles in the family) and should check what medications you take. The doctor can arrange an ECG (or EKG if you are in the USA) and if necessary a Holter monitor test. The symptom you are having is called Palpitations. It is unlikely to be related to a heart murmur and is not a heart murmur itself.
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