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What does it mean if you can hear your heart beating outside your chest ?

what does it mean if you can hear your heart beating outside your chest I hear my heart beating outside my body. Is this an emergency ?? Have had a triple by pass in 1998. Am 75 years old. Do not have any pain
Asked On : Sun, 30 Jan 2011
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Hi Baratz,

This condition is called palpitations, this might not be an emergency but it is better if you can get yourself evaluated by a good cardiologist.

Dr. Naveen Kumar
Answered: Mon, 31 Jan 2011
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Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Rajiv Kumar Srivastava's  Response
Palpitations are unpleasant sensations of irregular and/or forceful beating of the heart. Some persons with palpitations have no heart disease or abnormal heart rhythms and the reasons for their palpitations are unknown. In others, palpitations result from abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).Arrhythmias refer to heartbeats that are too slow, too rapid, irregular, or too early. Rapid arrhythmias (greater than 100 beats per minute) are called tachycardias. Slow arrhythmias (slower than 60 beats per minute) are called bradycardias. Irregular heart rhythms are called fibrillations (as in atrial fibrillation).When a single heartbeat occurs earlier than normal, it is called a premature contraction, and this can cause the sensation of a forceful heartbeat. Abnormalities in the atria, the ventricles, and the electrical conducting system [the Sino-atrial (SA) node, and the Atrio-ventricular (AV) node] of the heart can lead to arrhythmias that cause palpitations.get checked by your cardiologist
Answered: Mon, 31 Jan 2011
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