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Sinus tachycardia.


  I have had what feels like a "heart fluttering". My Physician had me use an event monitor. I wore and the cardiologist got three readings and found that on the two of the three I in sinus tachycardia. He also found there were rare premature supraventricular complexes. What does this mean. I know what sinus tachycardia is and that is not uncommon to have. He said that this did not represent significant arrythmias. My physician told me to avoid caffeine completely. I still drink one cup of coffee in the morning. I can't give that up. But throughout the day I drink mostly caffeine free beverages. I just want to know what you think.
  Thanks for any info.
  Francesca
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Dear Francesca, thank you for your question.  Sinus tachycardia is a normal response to exercise, excitement, or stress.  Premature supraventricular complexes are normal extra heartbeats that originate in the atrial chambers of the heart and are entirely benign.  Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine can precipitate these extra beats so these substances should be avoided.  Premature beats can be a nuisance, but should not be harmful in your case.

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