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blackberry22

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 11:14 PM   in response to: rikraq in response to: rikraq
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Hi, I am 21 years old and have had the fluttering for about 3-4 days. I let it be for the first 2 days but than I woke up with it again and finally said I needed to do something about it. My heart just felt like it was a "butterfly" or something to that effect, where it felt like it would skip a beat. I went to the doctor who ran an EKG and then he sent me to a cardiologist to make sure nothing was wrong. they ran an echocardiogram (sp?) and the cardiologist said that stress was the culprit for my fluttering. I have been under heavy stress for the past 3 weeks or so...and that was causing my heart to flutter. It's very scary when you don't know what the problem is and your heart flutters because you don't know what to do or how to react, and then you can become very panicked like I did.

If the fluttering is persistent than please go see a doctor and have it evaluated to make sure nothing is seriously wrong. Once you know the cause of the problem and it is nothing serious the fluttering will slowly go away, and when your heart does flutter you know it is nothing serious and you are OK. Just posting this to ease some concerns and go see a doctor to find the exact culprit!

Ladybug37

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Feb 28, 2008 2:12 PM   in response to: blackberry22 in response to: blackberry22
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I also have been having these flutters at night that are crippling me. I do not have symptoms with them other than the anxiety that comes, after having several in a row. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with PVC's and had grown used to having them. Now I am having these other kicks in my chest that are stronger and keep me up all night long, to the point of not sleeping. I feel like I am losing my mind. I went to the ER two nights ago and did not have 1 flutter for the whole two hours I was there. I wore a Holter all day yesterday and haven't heard from it yet but there were lots of episodes to record. I am scheduled for an echo in 1 hour. I'm okay as long as I dont lie down or even think about going to bed. Please, someone help me. I am at my wits end. I am going to nursing school and have a family that I need to take care of. This thing is consuming me. Anyone have any advice or had the same thing happen?

AvrilGrace

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 3, 2008 8:56 AM   in response to: therascaldude in response to: therascaldude
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I've had heart flutters since I was about 19. I'm 28 now. I haven't had it in a few years. But, now it's starting up again. I've been having little "flutters" practically every hour since yesterday afternoon. I'm still having them this morning. It's not anxiety related either because I have absolutely nothing to be anxious about. When they started yesterday afternoon, I wasn't upset, stressed, or anxious. I was just sitting down at my computer when they started.

I can feel them in my chest, and in my throat. Sometimes it feels like my heart does a flip flop. I have also had the "gushing" feeling, especially when I bend over.

jda1961

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 15, 2008 1:17 AM   in response to: therascaldude in response to: therascaldude
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i'm a 46 year old male, and ever since i was in my early 20s my heart would act up sometimes, start beating funny, or flutter, or palpitate, or just start beating really fast for no reason. i've never smoked, did drugs, was always active, but just every now and then it would hit me. i would feel like a spasm in my stomach, or chest, i now know its stress related, but it still upsets me at times. i may go a couple of years before it reacurs, then it will last until i get tired of it and say to myself screw it, then it goes away. it will usually ocur in th winter months when i'm not active. or in th hotter times of summer when its to hot to do anything. i think exercise is the key for me. i've gone to th doctors and gotten an EKG, says its fine, it never happens at the doc's office. only when i'm alone. i can sometimes control it with deep slow breaths, and quiet time, no TV, or other noises, just alone, and enjoy the quiet. th doc gave me some lorazepam for my stress, but they don't seem to help, when i have an episode i feel really tense and stressed out, i need an outlet for my stresses. but it is all in my head so what's a man to do. i'm short tempered anyways. so hang in there folks, we won't get out of this world alive.

jda1961

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 15, 2008 1:26 AM   in response to: AvrilGrace in response to: AvrilGrace
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hey buddy, i don't feel stressed ether when i have an attack, but its got to be stress related, talking about it helps too. it drives me nuts for a month or so, but i'll get fed up with it and it goes away, its like a lil demon that hangs around til you are low and then pounces on you for awhile. mine is acting up now, been doing it for a nmonth or so, i sleep fine, just when i'm awake. some days i think its gone, then if i think about it a lil while, back it comes. our minds are funny things i guess, i'm a big burly guy, not scared of nothing, but stress will knock us on our butts even though we may not think we are stressed.

spring2411

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 15, 2008 10:41 AM   in response to: therascaldude in response to: therascaldude
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Good morning,

I am new to this thread, but I have been reading it for a few days. I too have these benign PACs and PVCs. I have been having them since about November of 2007. I was diagnosed with Costochondritis, which is inflammation of the rib cage and related cartlidge. I got this by lifting and moving about 10 sidewalk slates by myself. The pain of the Costochondritis is one of the most painful things I have ever been through and it is still not resolved. However, these heart palpitations are even worse. I am completely paralized when I get them. I get what feels like a flip-flop or really strong beat. I also get what feels like a skipped beat. It happens mostly when I am resting or when there is compression on my chest.

I went through a battery of tests, as I went to the ER three times before I was diagnosed with Costochondritis. I have had two EGDs, a Bravo pH study and a esophageal motility study. All normal. I had a chest x-ray, chest CT and a chest MRI. All normal. I had every blood test you can think of. All normal. I have had multiple EKGs, two echos, a nuclear stress test and even a cardiac cath. The stress test showed an "artifact", so the only way to clear it was the cardiac cath. Every test that I had came back completely normal. The doctor even said that he wishes every one of his patients had arteries like mine. The palpitations didn't stop though. I then wore a holter monitor for 24 hours. It showed the PACs and PVCs. The doctor told me that there are 2.2 million americans walking around with the same thing, but some people are more aware of them than others. He thinks that I am hyper aware of mine because of the inflammation in my chest area. He feels that I have had them all along, but am just now becoming aware of them. When I get them in the middle of the night it is the worst. I talk myself down once I feel them, and when I think about them, they do get worse. I just saw my doctor yesterday for a follow-up, and he put me on a very low dose of Toprolol (6.25mg) to see if it will help. I can't take any more of it because my resting heart rate is in the 50's and my blood pressure is on the low side.

I have read that others have tried magnesium and other vitamins. Can you let me know how successful you are with it? The Toprolol makes me very tired and sluggish. I used to be an extremely active person, and I know that exercise is one of the best things for this, but I get scared to even move sometimes. I am a size 2 petite 39 year old woman, so weight it not a factor for me.

Also, has anyone else has an injury to the chest that brought about their palpitations?

Thanks,

Debbie

jda1961

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 15, 2008 6:36 PM   in response to: jda1961 in response to: jda1961
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another thing i've learned over the years with this is that i'm usually constipated when i get an attack, i know it sounds strange but its true. even though i think i'm regular, if i give myself a good enima or 2 they seem to go away a lot quicker.
when i get an attack i get angry, it should scare me, but it pisses me off, i'm irratable, and eating makes em worse. i guess i'm a styrange case.

jda1961

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 17, 2008 12:51 AM   in response to: jda1961 in response to: jda1961
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today i am getting fed up with these attacks, so i started drinking a more water than usual. i drank 4 20 ounce bottles in a row, started going to the bathroom a lot and kept drinking water. i noticed the skipped beats and palpatations were still there but a lot less intense, and less frequent. i got the idea from another site that said that being dehydrated can make them worse, seems to be working some. i feel better. i'll try a few more things i've read about like fish oil, and magnesium tablets, and see what happens.

queehphoton

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 17, 2008 5:16 AM   in response to: jda1961 in response to: jda1961
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I am now 50yrs old and a few yrs ago had my heart tested and all was fine. Now the past 2wks I have had fluttering in my chest and it's making me crazy. I an totally filled with stress with 3 teens, 19, 18 & 16. I care for my parents that are in their 80's and worry constantly about them. In fact I cry over losing them. Two of my teens are going on vacation for spring break and I'm worry about that. In other words, I have ton going on.
My heart flutters everytime I think of something. When I take a walk or rest, nothing happens. This is really weird, I was having flutters all day long, went and had a great visit with my parents and then nothing for the rest of the evening. It was if I knew they were fine and the stress went away. I felt wonderful. I get and I start thinking about things and my heart flutters.
On last saturday, I took Ativan and started Lexapro and I slept most the day and well yes felt good, but I can't sleep my days away.
I really feel I'm stress and not sure how to relieve it. Sitting here now I feel great, doing stairs and other activities I feel wonderful. Just when my mind wonders, I get flutters.

sheila73

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 17, 2008 10:56 PM   in response to: therascaldude in response to: therascaldude
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I know exactly what you mean! Three years ago, I was sitting with my son watching television, and got this pain in my arm-up into my jaw and across my chest...so I went to the ER and they life flighted me to a bigger, more equipped hospital because they said I was having a heart attack. My blood pressure was astronomically high, and so they gave me nitroglycerin, and asprins to chew, and heporin shots in my stomach to lower my bl press. At the bigger hospital, they did a stress test, and showed no blockage, and ruled out the heart attack idea-gave me a prescription for nitroglycerin, and sent me on my way. One year later...It happened again. So I contacted the original doctor, and had him review notes, and he says It was definately a heart attack...no doubt about it. Since then, I have fluttering...almost like a sputtering...as if you were spraying paint out of a spray can, and it was running out...very hard to explain. I also will have sudden changes in heart beats to the point of taking my breath. I had a doctor tell me that this could also be caused from lack of arterial blood flow from the renal (kidneys) arteries, and that high bl press could cause kidney failure / diabetes...and that if you have either of these...it could cause heart trouble...it's all tied together...but it also causes dizziness, and swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet. Which I have all of this....I just wish I could get a doctor to figure it out...before it's too late...if something is wrong.

kamarah2

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 18, 2008 11:42 AM   in response to: therascaldude in response to: therascaldude
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I have had the same symptoms for years now!! I am 32 yrs. old and it is getting worse with age. It comes up my throat and and makes me cough as well. I was told to see a cardiologist after an abnormal EKG, but haven't yet. I hope that it is nothing life threatening. If you have been to the Doc since your post pls. update. Or, if anyone else having same or like symptoms have been to the Doctor, pls update. God's blessings!!!

queehphoton

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 20, 2008 4:46 PM   in response to: kamarah2 in response to: kamarah2
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Okay, I went on Tuesday to my Internal Med Dr. I also work for him. And they did an EKG on me it came back fine except for a high heart rate. He wasn't concerned at all and told me with my history of what was going on in my life, he felt it was a true anxiety case. Well, by Wednesday morning I didn't have one symptom and haven't had any since! Go figure. I have been under a ton of stress and once he told me I was fine, it seemed to shut it off.
The flutterring was so bad that I was almost making my self do it. It was so weird. I did take a few ativans prior to help and that seemed to always slow it down so I did feel stress was my cause.
I'm glad I went, and I was nervous going but it helped my fears.
Good luck to all

ChristinaBambina

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 24, 2008 6:13 PM   in response to: queehphoton in response to: queehphoton
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I haven't read this whole thread, so maybe someone else has already said this, but just in case:

take a calcium//magnesium supplement
reduce your stress
eat foods rich in potassium (fruits (incl. bananas), vegetables)
get some mild exercise
do deep breathing throughout the day
eliminate caffeine (including chocolate), or at least cut down
avoid MSG (do research to see all of the names it can be listed under) - it's not
just in Chinese food - it's in almost all soups, frozen dinners, pasta and rice mixes, salad dressings, flavored potato chips, fast food, restaurant food, etc - it's frickin' all over the place!

If these things don't help restore your normal heart rhythm over time, then also eliminate sugar and do an alkalinizing diet (low in sugar and carbs and high in vegetables) because you are probably too acidic (like most Americans - and I don't mean stomach acid - I mean the whole body).

I'm not saying these things will fix everyone's heart palpitations, but a lot of the time conditions like these are just because we eat junk and are messed up nutritionally. And we are almost all very stressed out, too.

shadow7

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 11:17 PM   in response to: anty in response to: anty
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I am experiencing same symptoms. Feelings in my chest that seem to be heart fluttering. Comes up my throat and it makes me cough. And it also seems to get worse when I eat. I'm not sure if it is what I'm eating or just that I am eating. Doesn't always happen when eating. I can't seem to pin down a specific food that brings it on. I never know how long it will last but it is very uncomfortable and usually makes my chest feel sore. I have gone to the doctor and after an EKG and an Echocardiogram he said I have too many heartbeats and high blood pressure. So, now I have been taking a beta blocker combo for my high blood pressure and to slow my heart rate. So far, after 2 weeks, I really don't feel a difference, i am still getting the fluttering but perhaps it hasn't been long enough. My doctor also recommended I take fish oil capsules and find food that contains flax seed or meal. I have found oatmeal and granola that contain flax seed. I hope all of this will take away these symptoms and I wish all of you out there that are experiencing these same symptoms the best of luck in your search for answers.

Mich73

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Re: strange heart flutter
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 2:23 AM   in response to: jarejewl in response to: jarejewl
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I have a flutter in my chest as well. It doesn't happen all the time, but it is a little freaky. Sometimes with these flutters, I feel like the top of my breast is being squeezed. I try not to worry about it, since my heart is actually lower, but I still thin about it. This too happens when I bend over and I also feel lightheaded. I try to bend at my knees, instead of bending straight down. I also wanted to comment on your GERD and Sleep Apnea. I was told I had GERD however, after several years of waking up from it, the choking on acid or it came out my nose, I found out I had a hiatal hernia. I used to take nexium everyday, sometimes even twice a day. Now that I have been using my C-pap machine, I only take it when absolutely necessary. The mask does take time to get used to. I set mine to start low and then gradually get to the speed I need, otherwise I too can't sleep because of it. Although this seems to have helped my heartburn/GERD I have to sleep with it on, or I don't feel like I am getting enough air. I have a doctor's appointment coming up and I think it is time to discuss this with her. If I get any info I think will help anyone, I will let you know.

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