I'm pretty healthy, and have never been diagnosed with heart problems. But I've had MANY episodes where, out of nowhere, my heart will beat extremely fast, ranging from 10 seconds to 20 minutes. It feels sort of like a butterfly feeling in my chest, and I get really dizzy and weak. And it doesn't slow down gradually, rather it stops abruptly and returns to a normal beat and my chest hurts. Sometimes it'll only happen once every few months, and sometimes it'll happen up to 20 times in one day (while vacationing in Florida, it was occurring many times a day). Sometimes it happens while I'm very active, sometimes it happens when I'm just sitting on the couch watching TV. I don't have insurance or the money to see a doctor or a specialist, so I'm hoping it's harmless.
I really believe you should have this checked out. They will probably put a monitor on you for a few days to check out what might be going on. They have so many ways to fix things these days. Please check it out.
I'm pretty healthy, and have never been diagnosed with heart problems.
Unless your heart is misbehaving while at the doctor's office, any unusual or infrequent "hick-cupping" of your heart will go undiagnosed.
But I've had MANY episodes where, out of nowhere, my heart will beat extremely fast, ranging from 10 seconds to 20 minutes. It feels sort of like a butterfly feeling in my chest, and I get really dizzy and weak. And it doesn't slow down gradually, rather it stops abruptly and returns to a normal beat and my chest hurts.
What you describe many people experience. There are many things that can cause your heart to misbehave, and pump either too fast, or too slow, or skip a beat, or beat in some other erratic fashion. We are not perfect machines.
Sometimes it'll only happen once every few months, and sometimes it'll happen up to 20 times in one day (while vacationing in Florida, it was occurring many times a day).
Interesting. People with allergies are frequently annoyed by heart-beat malfunctions. Allergens, Pollutants, foods, drinks, etc.,..... many things can effect the way that your heart beats. Florida is known for being an allergy sufferer's worst nightmare. Do you have allergies?
Sometimes it happens while I'm very active, sometimes it happens when I'm just sitting on the couch watching TV. I don't have insurance or the money to see a doctor or a specialist, so I'm hoping it's harmless.
If you went to a specialist, and your heart was beating OK at that time, you would not be able to get a proper diagnosis of why your heart was misbehaving at other times.
It would be great if you had insurance, or the money, to go to a specialist. But, since you don't, you might decide to try some things to help alleviate your problems. Your heart's enemies are irritants like cigarette smoke, pollutants, pollens, allergens, caffeine, too many calories. You might consider cutting calories, avoiding caffeine, stay away from cigarette smoke, and try to associate some food or drink or activity with an increase in your heart's misbehaving.
If you can find the irritant(s) that are irritating your heart's electrical system, and avoid them, your problem could be solved for now.
You might also consider going to a low cost health care clinic to get checked out, and see they think that a low dose of one of the standard, low cost generic heart meds, like a Beta Blocker or Calcium Channel Blocker could be effective for you. Heart meds can come with all kinds of nasty side effects, so if you can figure out what is irritating your heart, and avoid it, that might be a better solution.
I've had nasty heart rhythm problems all my life. When my heart is misbehaving and I feel weak and disoriented, I try to relax in a nice cool place and rest, in order to relieve the stress on my heart. In other words, when your heart is beating too fast, or misbehaving in some other way, the best thing to do is to take any stress off your heart, helping to allow the heart to get back to a normal rhythm.
I am now used to this. Before, I had to phone emergency services and lie in the hospital for hours on end.
Now I just take a Zopax and go back to sleep. May wake up a few times and the heart is still racing and missing beats and then just try going back to sleep.
I know that I cannot die from this and this reasures me.
Try this. Works sometimes:
Rub your throat on ether side of your gullet slowly up and down . The flutters might stop or it might revert your heartbeat to normal.
Sit up and press as if you are trying to press a stool.
I have done this with some success. Last week I just lifted myself up on my elbows off the bed and it reverted to normal.
Have had it for 30+ years, I also have mitral valve prolapse which is one of the causes of premature beats. I know it's uncomfortable, feels like a butterfly with big wings inside the chest. I use to have as many as 100 or more in a day and it would send me into a panic attack. In 2005 on vacation for 2 weeks it wouldn't stop, it was 24/7 and by the time I got back it stopped, no reason. This last week has been horrible again, after 4yrs of no fluttering it started out of nowhere last Thursday, Sunday it was so bad every breath I took was a flutter, I got obsessed with it and stopped counting at 100 and that was mid-day. One day it is really bad, next day moderate. I still run the dog or get on the treadmil and run a bit, use weights and all and never a skipped beat then. I went to my cardiologist because after all I'm 61 now and it is not unreasonable to think of heart disease especially since it has been over 4yrs since it happened last. He didn't see any reason for a holter or ultra sound yet. If it continues for another month and doesn't slow down then he will. I hate it to I'm still here and I don't know how the heart can stand so much interruptions and still keep on ticking. Everyone has these it's just some people with central nervous system sensitivity can feel everything going on in the body. It is good to get it checked anyway to make sure they are just benign.