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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Feels as if heart is jumping

 bamagurl35565 - Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:57 am

I am a 23 year old female and for the past year i have been having this feeling as if my heart is jumping in my chest. It only happens maybe once a month or less. It doesn't hurt but really scares me. Should I be worried about this or is it something harmless?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:19 pm

User avatar Hello Bamagurl35565,

I would suggest you see your doctor about this and have an ECG done. The jumping feeling you are describing may be a dysrhythmia such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). SVT is not necessarily dangerous but finding out what is going on will be important because sometimes there may be a treatment needed to help prevent complications.

If it is happening uncommonly, a simply ECG may not catch the issue. In these cases there are some other versions of the ECG that can record over a longer period of time. Often, seeing a cardiologist may be helpful to determine if these types of tests are needed.

Best wishes.

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