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Fluttering chest

Hi, I'm a 21 year old female, and I have noticed over the past number of weeks that I occassionally experience a fluttering or rapid heartbeat, which is quite uncomfortable. I drink about 3-4 cups of tea a day, and I have a lot of work on at the moment as part of my college course, so I feel it may be related to caffeine or stress. I am not overly concerned, its just that my aunt suffers from irregular heart beat, and so I am aware that it may run in my family. Is this something I should be concerned about, or is it just normal? Thanks!
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Marie_anne,
You are correct that it is probably not dangerous.  There are some tests that are required to know for sure.  It is probably best that  you see a doctor.  they will typically do a history and physical exam plus an EKG.  based on that, they may order a heart monitor and possible an echocardiogram.  In the mean time, you should try cutting out the caffeine and tea.  Other common triggers are stress, sleep deprivation, caffeine, tea, and chocolate -- I know these are things college students live on.

You are correct that most people have similar sensations and live with them without seeing a doctor.  I think it is best to talk to a doctor about them so you know what they are.

I hope this helps.  thanks for posting.
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