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Grinding/wormy feeling

Hello all,

I am a 33 year old woman with a history of sinus tachycardia and a few other issues (stiff heart, tricuspid and mitral regurge, healed cardiomyopathy).

Three times this year, I have had this horrid experience of a racing heart, followed by this God awful feeling in my chest that is not painful, but can be best described as a "grinding of salt into my heart" OR "kind of like worms crawling around in there." I know that sounds weird, but it is my best description of it!

During this experience, I get extremely weak and my arms feel like they are a hundred pounds and I can't lift them so well. Each experience has lasted around 15 - 20 minutes. Each time I have gone to the ER and my pulse is around 140, but in normal sinus rhythm.

It has been suggested to me by my cardiologist that it could be Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter ---- so my question is ..... does this Atrial Fib or Flutter feel similar ---- "flutter" to me sounds more like a palpitation?? This is definitely not a palpitation feeling!

Thank you so much in advance!
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Both atrial flutter or fibrillation could potentially cause these symptoms.  You need an ECG at the time of the worst symptoms to be sure about the arrhythmia.  Ask your doctor about an event monitor.
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