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sudden fast beat

Hello. I have posted here before about flutter feelings I get, that people here seem to think are PVC's. I have had an ekg and holter and everything was okay.  I am 26 and maybe 10lbs over weight. I do exercise atleast 3-4 days a week.  Anyhow my question is I noticed the other day when I got up my heart started beating quite fast (enough to notice) but it only lasted maybe a minute not even enough time to see how fast.  I think I can remember this happening before but quite sometime ago.  I was wondering is this just part of the pvc's or something else? and also is this for concern or does this just happen to everyone once in awhile.  Thanks
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Dear jazz,
It is normal for the heart rate to transiently increase upon arising.  This is a physiologic mechanism to help keep us from passing out.  If it were to persist or if it was accompanied by fainting I would suggest further investigation.
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I had the same recurring problem when I was 21. I had noticed at several times before, but like you my family doctor did an echo and a couple of other tests (stress tests, etc), but it didn't happen during those times.

I was in very good shape, running about 20 miles a week.  While at Army Officer training, I had a very bad episode, and did almost pass out.  It turns out that I had Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome, or WPW. It is basically a signal problem within the lower chamber of the heart.  Once the lower AV node receives the signal from the brain, the heart contracts (beats).  The level of physical activity determines how often the brain sends the signal (beats per minute).  Once the signal leaves the lower AV node, there is not supposed to be any more conducting tissue (circuitry) for that signal to ride upon and it "dies" in the lower chamber.

With WPW, there is more conducting tissue in the lower chamber and the signals can wrap around and keep hitting the lower AV node, kind of like forming a train.  Meanwhile, your brain keeps sending rythmic signals to the heart.  My heart rate was once recorded at over 200 beats per minute while I was asleep!

Luckily, there was a new (10 years ago!) procedure that allowed the doctors to correct w/o open heart surgery.  They basically lasered (cauterized) the affected area and stopped the signals from wrapping around.  I have not had a problem since.

Not saying that this is what you have, but it could be.  The doctors advised that it was fairly common at about 1 per 1000 people.  It is not life threatening for a young person w/ no other problems, but could be for an elderly person.
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Is this anything like what you are feeling?  I have been trying to ask this but have never been able to post a question .  While reading yours it sounded similar.  Please let me know if it is. I am ***@****.


For six years I have had a fluttering type feeing in my chest.  It started as a brief feeling that was erie and happened about once or twice a month.

It has now progressed to more than erie.  When it happens my chest gets slightly tight (not painful)  and right up the center between my breasts come this strong fluttering, anxious, flowing sensation that imobilizes me momentarially and takes my breath away.  I have to stop what ever I am doing and just deal with this feeling.  I also feel like a heart beat in different parts of my chest similar to one thump under the breast and a following thump over the breast.  Sometimes it is just a thump thump beat and its gone again.
Today it has been fairly steady at work.  It has never been this strong nor has any episode lasted this long before.
These little episodes are immobilizing.  While they are now starting to occur while standing they used to occur while my body was in a bent postition.  I.E.- lying on the couch propped up on my elbow and today hunched over my desk working at the office.

I am 5'3" 250 # female, total hysterectomy, asthmatic, high bp,
I take singulair, zestril 20mg 1X  and 1x hydroxyz hcl 25mg.

The episode begin slightly below the breast in the middle at the bra line, flow up between the breasts and then thumps off toward the left.

Do you have any idea what this might be?  I know you can't diagnos but I can't get it to see the doctor for one week and I was hoping maybe a suggestion would give me an idea what to read about to see if it sounds the same.
I appreciate any help you can give.
Thank you
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I too suffer from pvcs/racing heart especially when I get nervous or when I wake up in the night. I continually ask whether the condition could degenerate into something more serious and never get a straight answer. I only have to think about it and my heart immediatley starts beating fast. When it wakes me in the night the beat seems quite chaotic and takes a minute or so to settle down. Does anyone else have this problem? Have you been told not to worry?
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i have also wondered about rapid heartbeats.  they're usually not too bad, but sometimes they really scare me.

i am a 22 year old female, healthy and in good physcial condition, but for a while now i have been noticing that my heart seems to be beating very hard in my chest. my breasts and stomach move really fast with each heavy heartbeat, and you can see it beating through my shirt. it's kind of embarasing b/c it's so obvious.  

i seem to often be aware of my heart beating and my breasts and stomach moving like this, and have always just assumed that this is normal. but one time i mentioned this to a friend and they acted like i was nuts! i take my pulse, and it is usually normal, about 75 or 80. i am wondering if it is strange for me to always be able to feel and see my heart beating in my chest.

also, the other day my throat closed up a little and my heart felt lke it was beating faster without any exertion at all. i was just sitting there. it was still beating hard, and i could see my shirt moving with it. i took my pulse and it ranged from 100 to 120 for a while, then gradually went back to around 75.

i think my heart has gone this fast, if not faster on occasion before w/o exercise or really any kind of exertion, but i never took my pulse to find out. i remember feeling it really hard a few times while i was lying in bed. i still think my heartbeat is in the normal range. to my knowledge it has never gone faster than 116 or 120, and for the most part is constant at around 75, and i have always been used to feeling and sometimes seeing my heart beat in my chest, so i have never seen a cardiologist. i sometimes wonder if i should i talk to a doctor about this, or if it is nothing to be worried about...

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I wanted to write to you as get identical symptoms to you. I am an anxiuos person by nature and have had a few full blown panic attacks. I became of a strong and sometimes fast beat. I could see my breast and stomach beating and asked my family if they had the same and they thought i was mad. My heartrate is between 65-100 depending on various things. I often get fluttering and palpitations especially after food and before sleep. This has really worried me. I have been to the doctors and he assures me there is nothing to worry about yet still i worry. I had an ECG about 1 year ago but that was due to a suspected collapsed lung. They said my heart was fine. I get really concoius of my heartbeat and am always taking my pulse. I am 26 feel fit and am not overweight. When i have a drink of wine and relax i feel better and forgot about my heart. I think it must be anxiety. IS that how you feel. I concentrate that much on my pulse that i have become obsessed..... I always think my heart my stop.
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