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I'm a 53 year old female that had palpitations since I was about 12, and suddenly 2 nights ago began having fluttering in my chest. Any suggestions?


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replied May 24th, 2010
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Heart palpitation is a condition when there is an abnormality in the heart rhythm that the person becomes aware of. Although there are many causes, most of them are related to heart conditions. Anemia, hypoglycemia and hypoxia are other possible causes. It is interesting to mention that heart palpitations might be caused by panic disorders.

The flutter you experienced is most likely atrial flutter. This is a heart condition when there is a heart rate of 230-380 beats per minute in the atria. Other symptoms related to this condition might include: shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness. The person might become agitated. This condition is quite dangerous because it might lead to serious complications ranging from blood clot to sudden cardiac death.

You might want to visit a cardiologist for a physical examination, ECG, and ultrasound scan of the heart in order to detect whether there is really atrial flutter and how to treat it.


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