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Surely this pounding isn't normal

I have a constant pounding heart.
No fast pulse or anything, just a pounding even when i'm resting.
Doctor says it's nothing to worry about.
Had the ECG and chest x-ray which were normal, but surely this pounding isn't normal?
I've also been having sharp chest pains but in different places which the doc says is skeletal, but the constant pounding is the biggest worry.
Anyone had the same.
I'm quite fit apart from this.
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mikey,

Some people seem their heartbeat more then others. If you really are quite fit with no structural heart disease, the best I can do is to try to reassure that palpitations are a common phenom, as might be evidence by the large number of people that post on this board.

You might try a search for palpitations to see more information.

good luck
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Hi Mikey,
  I'm 30 years old and have always had a strong heartbeat.  It's powerful enough that at night it actually slightly moves my whole body in bed.  Like you said, not fast (about 60bbm or a little less), just strong and powerful.  I consider it a blessing, and it's always comforted me to feel that strong heartbeat.  The only problem I've run into is the PACs and PVCs that I've started getting lately are magnified because of this.  In short, I would think that weak heartbeats that can barely be felt would be more to worry about than a good, strong, healthy heart muscle doing its job!
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Thanks guys,
I suppose you must get used to it.
I have only had this a couple of months, so it's a been a bit worrying as I haven't seen any specialist or anything.
But anyway, it's nice to know someone knows what I am talking about.
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Hi Mikey, nice to meet you!  I had a pounding heart for most of my life, until I was put on atenolol (Tenormin).  Slows my heart down and makes me less aware of the pounding.  I'm 58 and the "pounding" has not impaired my heart, so you should be just fine!  Better to have a "strong" beat rather than a "weak" one.  Good luck :)
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Hi, everybody! Yeah, I've been plagued by this, too. I have been aware of my heartbeat since I was a kid. That, plus the fact I've been bothered by PVC's since I was about 12 has really caused me some problems, especially with anxiety. Every test always comes back negative, so I have to just accept it as a curse, and live my life as best I can. Sometimes that gets a bit difficult. I wish you the best in coping with it!
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Hi

I'm 23, and I sometimes feel my heart pounding in my chest even when I'm at rest.  I guess its not something I need to worry about because the doctors I've told don't seem to worry.  I think its pretty normal, and like someoen said, its better to have a nice strong heart, than a 'weak' one.
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i agree i'm 18 and i notice my heart on and off all the time for the past year doc told me my heart sounds nice and have a strong pulse i'm used to it now 1 get pvc's and pac's but you get used to them
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curious.......

I used to feel my heart  anytime I was still, I was put on Norpace for neurocardiogenic syncope and it disappeared on the third morning. It was very strange to wake up and not feel it, although I prefer it this way. Any clues why that happened?

thanks

Re the topic, I feel the pounding when I have a slow heart rate (bracicardia) during the test they run. Tilt table test.
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i have the same problem,however its been getting alittle worse i think alot of what we are dealing with is anxiety also,i am taking 2 mg of atenolol,try that with docs approval..i might ask for an increase since the past few weeks a couple of times had trouble sleeping with felling,hearing heart pound,espciaaly when i go to bed,lying there when its quiet and then it starts thats the worse,cause then anxiety hits...in fact while i am writing this thats why i am up.its 2.23am..i am trying some anxiety pill also tonite ativan
good luck
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I've had the pounding heart and PVCs/PACs for the past 15 months after taking Toprol and then Cipro. Orignally took Toprol for single palpitations once or twice a week - I regret not asking more questions from my doctor on that one as I've always had kind of low BP. Since then, I've tried everything from Calcium channel blocker to talk therapy. Now, following 4 days in the hospital after a bad reaction to Flagyl that I took for treating a parasite infection, I don't feel the pounding anymore and haven't had any palpitations... The associated anxiety and occasional panic are also gone. I am now taking a potassium supplement (small dose) because my potassium was very low in the hospital - no doubt due to my GI problems from the antibiotic and also had a colonoscopy. The PVCs/PACs had really increased during the past 4 months, but now nothing. It's so weird, I just thought I'd share it with you all because I've relied on your posts for support when my heart has been off-beat.
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Hello,
I am new to this forum.  I am 27 year old female and have had skipped beats (PACs/PVCs) for about 7 years now.  Sometimes they are very frequent (hundred or so in a day) sometimes go away for weeks or months.  I have had tests done, ultrasound, ecgs, holter monitor and recently 2 week monitor.  I live in Ontario, Canada and these are the tests available here.  The doctor until now says that there is nothing to worry about.  I am waiting for the results of the last test.I have always had a strong heart beat.  When I stretch on the ground I can see my clothes move to the beat of my heart and it comes in the stomach area or lower. My doctor says that is why I can feel the palpitations so much. I have 3 kids the youngest 8 months old and I have noticed that the palpitation episodes always worsen in the year or so after having a baby.  I also noticed that stress and anxiety as well as coffeine make it worse.  It is comforting to know that this is benign and that other people experience it too.  However, I am always worrying that my heart will go out of tune and it may lead to something serious.  It does not help that one of my friends died of anurysm at 19 and a  girl form school of irregular heart beat just died instantly at school.  Having 3 small children really makes me aware of my own mortality and I cannot help worring which in turn gives me more anxiety.
It is nice to share it with you guys that know what I am experiencing.
Daga
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Hi...I am a 39 year old female who will, for several weeks at a time, feel my heart pounding so I know how scary it can be. It isn't a racing feeling, just an awareness of my heart beating. This started after I had surgery last year for a female related problem. My blood pressure and cholesterol are both normal. My heart rate is usually between 68-70bpm.  I had an EKG and it showed what they called a slight "blip".  I had a stress test, a nuclear stress test and echocardiogram and all were fine. I was told the "blip" could just be me and sometimes females have that.  The pounding feeling had gone away but now is back.  It is weird but it seems to come during my menstrual cycle and then leave.  I went to see a cardiologist because I was concerned.  He spent 5 minutes with me, listened to my heart and prescribed Toprol 25 mg.  I didn't know what a beta blocker was and when I read about it on the internet, I felt like it gets prescribed for a heart condition like high blood pressure or fast heart beats.  I do not have either of those conditions.  I never wore a holter monitor.  I didn't start the Toprol...and am not sure if I should seek the opinion of another cardiologist or not.  They say stress can cause this feeling...and I can't deny that I have been under some this last year...but when I look at all the stress in my life...worrying that something is wrong with my heart is at the top of my list.  Has anyone gone through this or can anyone give me some advice?  Thanks!
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Hello I am a male 16 and live in Australia. I have Hert Palpitations as well during exercise in Cold weather or sometimes when at night in my pyjamas run down the stairs and i just listen and dont breathe i can hear my heary beating very loudly unnormally loudly this doesnt happen to me during summer though i ahve noticed this only when i stop breathing for about 10 seconds i can hear my heart. I have had a ECG and it was normal. But i think it might be related to Anxiety. I might try some natural vitamin supplemt like Hypericum St. John's wort. I hope this will work.
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This sounds like a bit of anxiety you suffer from.
Not everyone's heart beats the same.
Some people's hearts beat harder and faster than others. I had anxiety and I have had a 'pounding heart' all my life; I am now 58.
I'm healthy and my heart,-aside from having PVC's (bumps), which are not life-threatening-, is too very healthy still.
Now don't hold your breath and don't check your pulse regularly, cause that will bring on the anxiety and then for sure your heart will pound!
Come on, live your life to the fullest, you're still so young,  and when again you feel your heartbeat, say to yourself: -I'm glad I FEEL my heart beat, that means I'm ALIVE'-...!!
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Good luck!
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I also have pounding in my chest. There seems to be a tightness in my chest with feelings of shortness of breath. I have racing heart rates of up to 160 bpm. The feelings come and go every day, sometimes followed by severe headaches and sometimes not. I am a 32 yo female. I had a full hysterectomy done 7 years ago. I do suffer periodically from migraines {with auras). But the migraines and racing heart dont alawys seem to go hand and hand. I have seen the DR but he has of yet to find what my problem is. I have tried taking Naldolol, Temazepam (cant sleep at night, but it was so strong, I stopped), Migquin and Depakote. I only take them now if the attacks get really bad. I get dizzy and lightheaded with the attacks as well and feel as if I am very ill. I just want the exhaustion to go away, the pounding and racing tire me out so much. Thanks for listening to my ramblings.
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Hi annysia,
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Again, sounds like anxiety to me.
This site can help you get info about that.
http://www.anxietycentre.com/panic_attack_anxiety_about.html  
But first let your doctor check you out.
Get an ECG done, or a heart stress test, and a general bloodtest; that will give you some peace of mind too.
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Good luck and keep your chin up, you'll be ok!!
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I am a 36 year-old male.  I too have experienced a pounding heart.  Often, especially in the evening, I feel my heart pounding.  Also, I could actually feel my body move while I lay down and feel my pulse through my entire body.  Over the past 8 months I have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, Sick Sinus Syndrome, and AV Block.  I have also experienced a rapid heart beat (for short durations), a slow heart beat for long durations (about 50 bpm).  I have also experienced runs of ectopics/palpitations.  Sometimes a few in a day and sometimes 50 in a day.  Turns out I am hyperthyroid (first few tests were should me borderline normal -- but subsequent tests confirmed it).  I am currently on Toprol and Methimazole and 95% of my cardio symptoms of disappeared.  I can hardly feel my heart beat now.
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Hello Everyone,

It really is very comforting to see so many people sharing their experiences.
I am a 34 year old male and started experiencing awareness of my heartbeat around 7 months ago.  Prior to that I have been under an enormous amount of stress at work, especially.  Being a father of 4 kids adds to the stress as well.
I have had an ECG, Echocardiogram, Nuclear Stress, numerous blood tests and everything came back normal.  I have been diagnosed with Acid Reflux, which I think was caused by the stress.  For some crazy reason, the results of the tests comforted me but did not remove my anxiety, which my doctor says I have.  I never had a problem with anxiety, but I guess the stress caused a mild disorder.  I am aware of my heartbeat on a daily basis.  Not the entire day, but at odd times of the day.  Sometimes I am OK with it, but other times I start to fear that there is something wrong and that the tests did not catch something.  I guess my anxiety reflects itself in my fear that when I do feel my heartbeat that this may mean there is something wrong with my heart.
How do I make this go away?  At times I could not care less, but other times I feel like I am not going to be around much longer!  I know this is crazy and stupid, but how do I stop these thoughts?
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A pounding heartbeat is something many of us live with.
I've had it all my life.
I'm 58 now and healthy.
My heart is okay, besides some PVC's and flutters and the pounding of course.
Anxiety makes it worse. Adrenaline you know.
You can try this, everytime you think about your heart, say 'NO' to yourself and get busy doing anything, thus getting your mind of yourself. Relaxation technics to go to sleep, like deep and slow breathing. Get help if you cannot do this by yourself. Ask your Doctor. He'll know.
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Good luck - *Ianna* -
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Hi Folks,

Since my first post in October, my symptoms have got worse.
To add to my "pounding heart" and sharp chest pains, I am now getting lengthier chest pains and strange "fleeting sensations" in my heart. Last night I couldn't sleep because my heart felt like it was going to stop. It's all very weird.

Saw the Cardiologist 2 weeks ago and he said everything was fine after ecg and bp tests. He was only worried about the pains so he decided on a treadmill test which he will evaluate shortly. I felt that was okay as I am pretty fit apart from the "problems".
He told me to forget about the "pounding and palpitations" which I was a bit concerned about especially in view os my sleeplessness.

I suppose the problem with all this is that I don't get breathless and my ECG's are okay. I say "problem" but of course that is good news.

I am stressed about financial worries so that obviously doesn't help, but I do feel I am being treated a bit "it's all in his head".

Anyway, I try to do some research myself as it could help and I found a rather interesting site that descibes almost all my symptoms.  http://www.advocatehealth.com/system/info/library/articles/heartcare/common/mitralvp.html

It states that a Echocardiogram is needed to confirm rather than the ecg I have been having. I'm not saying it is this but it does seem rather co-incidental. I will certainly take this reasoning to my cardiologist next appointment.

Thanks for all your comments, it's nice to know people like to help.

Mike
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Hi Mike, succes, and please report back when you know more!
Thanks for the link.

*Ianna*
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I've been having this same problem. About 2 months ago I was at work and thought I was having a heart attack. Well, it turns out it was just a panic attack. Then I was having panic attacks once a day for a week or so because I thought something might be wrong with my heart. I went to the ER the first time and then went to my doctor and she sent me to a cardiologist for a 24 hour holter monitor and a echo cardiogram. Everything is suppose to be fine from they have diagnosed. They said I had a anxiety disorder. I'm 26 years old and have been under some stress at work because of layoffs, but I'm not sure what triggered the attacks.

Now, since the time of the very first attack, whenever I lay down at night I can feel my heart beat. I also sometimes wake up with a brief sharp pain and kind of a tickle in my heart when I'm drifting off into sleep. This doesn't happen that often but I can always feel my heart beat. The doc said pescribed me Lexapro and I took it for about 6 days before quiting because it made me feel like a zombie and I lost all motivation to do anything. I usually wake up a couple times a night and the first thing I feel when I wake up is my heart beating. It is kind of annoying and I can usually get back to sleep. I'm not going to take any kind of SSRI's to try and fix the problem either. I would rather deal with this than be zombiefied.

I quit smoking and cut down on drinking any alcohol or caffeine along with getting more excercise. I also have been trying different herbal solutions. So far I've tried Valerian and Passion Flower, they both seem to work for the heart beat issue but valerian tears up my stomach and passion flower gives me a splitting headache. Recently, I've been taking Calcium/Magnesium before bed and that seem to help out a bit for about a week. Now it doesn't seem to be helping much. I kind of lost confidence in my doctor because she gave me Lexapro and that was just horrible, it also caused me to start having panic attacks again.

The problem is really wierd and I kind of believe the doc when she says it is a chemical embalance. I'll be watching TV and my heart will start pounding away and I try to laugh about it because I know what is happening. It just makes me feel really uncomfortable though.

Anyhow, is the pounding heart ever going to go away when I'm trying to sleep?

Is that caused from a chemical embalance?

Any help is appreciated. I go back to the doctor on the 27th to see what kind of drug she will throw at me this time.

Thanks,
Eric
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I've been having this same problem. About 2 months ago I was at work and thought I was having a heart attack. Well, it turns out it was just a panic attack. Then I was having panic attacks once a day for a week or so because I thought something might be wrong with my heart. I went to the ER the first time and then went to my doctor and she sent me to a cardiologist for a 24 hour holter monitor and a echo cardiogram. Everything is suppose to be fine from they have diagnosed. They said I had a anxiety disorder. I'm 26 years old and have been under some stress at work because of layoffs, but I'm not sure what triggered the attacks.

Now, since the time of the very first attack, whenever I lay down at night I can feel my heart beat. I also sometimes wake up with a brief sharp pain and kind of a tickle in my heart when I'm drifting off into sleep. This doesn't happen that often but I can always feel my heart beat. The doc said pescribed me Lexapro and I took it for about 6 days before quiting because it made me feel like a zombie and I lost all motivation to do anything. I usually wake up a couple times a night and the first thing I feel when I wake up is my heart beating. It is kind of annoying and I can usually get back to sleep. I'm not going to take any kind of SSRI's to try and fix the problem either. I would rather deal with this than be zombiefied.

I quit smoking and cut down on drinking any alcohol or caffeine along with getting more excercise. I also have been trying different herbal solutions. So far I've tried Valerian and Passion Flower, they both seem to work for the heart beat issue but valerian tears up my stomach and passion flower gives me a splitting headache. Recently, I've been taking Calcium/Magnesium before bed and that seem to help out a bit for about a week. Now it doesn't seem to be helping much. I kind of lost confidence in my doctor because she gave me Lexapro and that was just horrible, it also caused me to start having panic attacks again.

The problem is really wierd and I kind of believe the doc when she says it is a chemical embalance. I'll be watching TV and my heart will start pounding away and I try to laugh about it because I know what is happening. It just makes me feel really uncomfortable though.

Anyhow, is the pounding heart ever going to go away when I'm trying to sleep?

Is that caused from a chemical embalance?

Any help is appreciated. I go back to the doctor on the 27th to see what kind of drug she will throw at me this time.

Thanks,
Eric
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IAM A YOUNG  AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE TEENAGER AND I HAVE SIMILAR SITUATIONS AS SOME OF YOU.WELL SOMETIMES WHEN IAM JUST WATCHING TV MY HEART JUST
HARD LIKE ONE BIG BEAT OR TWO THEN GOES BACK TO BEATING REGULAR IN MY SLEEP TO MY DOCTOR SAYS ITS NOTHING BUT I DONT KNOW THIS ISNT NORMAL AND IT MAKES ME SCEARED AND TERRIFIED THAT ONE DAY IT'LL KEEP BEATING HARD AND NEVER GO BACK TO A NORMAL HEART BEAT NEVER HAD IT MY HOLE LIFE JUST STARTED WHEN I WAS 15? I NEED TO KNOW WHATS WRONG? BUT GOOD TO KNOW IAM NOT THE ONLY ONE I THINK!
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Hi all I have the same pounding problem. But also have pulsatile tinnitus and an abnormal ecg/ekg mine had 2 t waves on the reading. Hospital have ignore so gettin a 2nd opinion. This has all come on since birth my 2nd son. I had a spinal block for  labour, not sure if connected with that. I also get major headaches. I found this article thought could be helpfull :). Goodluck all, &nbspHeart fluttering is a condition that most people have experienced at some time or another. It is the sensation of a heart beating too much swiftly or irregularly. Heart fluttering is usually called "palpitations," which are rapid, forceful, regular or irregular heartbeats that are quite noticeable to the individual. A rapid, regular heart fluttering may be associated with sensation of pounding in the neck as well, due to simultaneous contraction of the upper, priming chambers of the heart which is the atria and the lower, main pumping chambers called the ventricles. If the heart fluttering feels very irregular, then it is likely that the underlying rhythm is atrial fibrillation. During this type of rhythm abnormality, the atria beat so rapidly and irregularly that they seem to be quivering, rather than contracting. The ventricles are activated more rapidly than normal and in a very irregular pattern.

Heart fluttering occurs normally during an exertion or an emotion, but some people can have an increase or irregularities of heart rate without warning and without an apparent reason. This generates the sensation of heart fluttering which is due in the majority of cases to an impairment of cardiac rhythm o arrhythmia. Heart fluttering may also be associated with feelings of anxiety or panic it is normal to feel the heart thumping when you are terrified of something If heart fluttering is short-lasting there is no problem for the child, but if it last more than half an hour, it is advisable to call on a physician or a hospital to make an examination and an ECG.

While heart fluttering can be a cause of concern to people who experience them, it is usually not a sign of an impending heart attack. For most people who are physically healthy and emotionally well-adjusted, they do not signify an underlying heart disorder but are most commonly caused by physical exertion, anxiety, fear, excessive smoking, too much caffeine, and ingredients in certain medications, including some cough and cold medications. In rare cases, heart fluttering is a long-standing accompaniment to an underlying severe anxiety disorder.

Heart fluttering can also be caused by actual heart disease. This can be distinguished by its particular pattern, depending on how heavy and regular the beating is. A cardiologist may be able to make a diagnosis based on the pattern, or may order an electrocardiogram for more precise information. When symptoms such as sweating, faintness, and chest pain occur with the heart fluttering, it is best to consult a cardiologist. As soon as the heart fluttering cause is determined, most people are able to live and deal with it and would not even notice.

Generally heart fluttering is not dangerous, even if it can provoke anguish, because it is unpleasant to feel the proper heart beating swiftly without reason. If extra beats are enough of a problem to warrant treatment, then usually a beta-blocking drug will be used. These block the effect of adrenaline on the heart, and are also used for the treatment of angina and high blood pressure. However, they can cause increased tiredness, sleep disturbance, depression, impotence, and can aggravate asthma. Other anti-arrhythmic drugs can be used if beta-blockers are not appropriate, but they too have potential side effects.

Heart fluttering which can already cause blackouts or near blackouts should be taken seriously. Even if ultimately nothing untoward is found you should contact your doctor as soon as possible to arrange the appropriate investigations if heart fluttering is associated with blackouts.
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