Post # 1
About once or twice a week, my heart starts fluttering, like it’s struggling to beat. It only lasts about 5 seconds. Sometimes I also get a sharp pain in my chest.
I don’t want to go to the doctor because they’ll make me wear a heart monitor and since it only happens sometimes, the chance of it catching it would be very slim.
Does anyone else deal with this or something similar?
Post # 3
It could just be a heart murmur. Honestly, I would just go to the doctor. Heart disease is very serious, it’s not just like waiting for your tonsils to stop hurting :). The faster it’s caught, the more they can do for you if there is something wrong.
Post # 4
I would go and at least document your symptoms. If you have to use a heart monitor, it might catch it. They can also run some blood tests and perhaps do an echocardiogram. There are other things they can do. Are you having any other symptoms? Dizziness, numbness, tingling, weakness, etc?
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Post # 6
My best friend and I have talked about this quite a bit because it happens to both of us. For me, it only lasts a few seconds but it’s this intense pain and my heart flutters or skips a couple of beats. It always freaks me out when it happens but by the time the panic starts to set in it’s over with. I have a minor heart murmur so I just attribute it to that.
Post # 7
Get it checked out, they will also give you an EKG so if its something they can catch via that, they will.
It could be nothing, or it could be something. Its still worth the check. I have a heart condition and the heart is not something you want to be laissez faire with. You CAN NOT live without it. Why risk it?
Post # 8
I have something similar except without the pain. It’s a form of tachycarida. One thing that is so weird is that if I cough, my heart will start beating correctly again. I would see your dr. though. I don’t take any medication or anything, but I try to watch my caffeine intake.
Post # 9
Please go to a cardiologist. It is worth looking into, just to relieve your fears. Heart disease is the number one killer in women.
Post # 10
You should def make an appointment to get that looked at. Sounds like it could be PVC’S, which are pretty common, but chest pain could be a sign of something more serious. When in doubt, better to get it checked out.
Post # 11
I have mitral valve prolapse and I get the same symptoms sometimes and even though I know what it is, it still kind of freaks me out when it happens. But it’s probably something benign. Still, go get an echocardiogram and they can diagnose you properly.
Post # 12
A few years ago I had chest pains and I felt wierd…I talked to my doctor and I had an EKG and then a stress test. Each test was very easy and did not hurt, and I got to see pictures of my heart on a screen!
Heart/chest pain is no joke. Call your doctor. For me, it was b/c I was drinking too much caffeine and it was causing reflux which felt like chest pains. You never know, it might not be as scary as you think. But please just call.
Post # 13
YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR. I’m not yelling, just adamant. A family member of mine had similar symptoms, and it did turn out to be something serious (but correctible). The statistics are totally on your side, and your doctor/a specialist will probably have a simple explanation for you. Just think: the best case scenario involves peace of mind. Theh worst case scenario involves you getting treatment (and then probably peace of mind). Do it for all the bees on this board!
Post # 14
Yes, I’ve had some dizziness in the past.
Thanks for the advice. I’ll make an appointment with a cardiologist soon.
Post # 15
@Sunshine1810: Not weird at all.
OP : Just go to the doctor. Any kind of pain is not normal (anywhere in the body) but if it’s to do with your heart it’s really something you shouldn’t try to “tough out”.