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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: Fluttering

 justwinbaby8 - Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:43 pm

My heart occasionally skips beats or "flutters" is about the best way i can describe it, its an extremely weird and scary feeling. I"m only 21 years old could this be a heart murmur or is it something else? and if it is a murmur is that bad and what can i or should i do?

Thank you for your time.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:37 pm

User avatar Dear justwinbaby8,

Skipped beats are nothing to worry about in otherwise healthy young adult.

Palpitations or one feeling his/her heart beats can be caused by:
1. An overactive thyroid gland.
2. Electrolytes disturbance.
3. Mitral valve prolapse.
4. Smoking.
5. Drinking alcohol.
6. Drinking too much caffeinated beverages.
7. Not getting enough sleep.
8. Stress.

A murmur is a sound heard over the heart when there is a disturbance in blood flow. According to the type of murmur, it may point to a heart problem or just what is known as innocent murmurs.

i think there is nothing to worry about but If you are so worried, i don't think that you need to see your doctor on emergent basis, but just mention it to your doctor when you see him during your next appointment and may have blood tests done if he/she thinks that they are indicated.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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