Aa
A
A
Close
424634 tn?1277861128
palpitations, flip-flop or flutter
Can anyone tell me whether the terms "palpitations", "flip-flop", and "flutter" are interchangeable.  When I think of palpitations, I imagine them to be a rapid heartbeat that is persistent for a period of time, and not just a couple of beats that are wacky.  A flip-flop seems to me to be where the heart gives two or three solid thumps, while contrariwise, a flutter is just a few light rapid beats.  What causes the differences?  Are their different implications?
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
187666 tn?1331176945
Technically palpitations refer to being conscious of your heartbeat. Many people don't notice their heart beating (amazing to me!) but some people feel it. A flip-flop is a good description for a PVC for example: a sudden flip or thump that often comes with those. Flutters may be short bursts of tachycardia.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
424634 tn?1277861128
Do you happen to know at what point the frequency of any of these might indicate a problem?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
Recent Activity
Avatar universal
Blank
Sadmommy2017 commented on Aspartame Ingestion P...
54 mins ago
Avatar universal
Blank
GinaHartung commented on I had no idea there w...
56 mins ago
317787 tn?1473362051
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Eyes of Eagles
Apr 21
Heart Rhythm Community Resources