Palpitations? I can feel and hear my heartbeat
I'm a 28y/o male, no diagnosed illnesses.
Since I can remember I have always been able to hear my heatbeat in my ears when everything is quiet (e.g. just before going to sleep). As well as this, I have also always been able to feel my heartbeat throughout my body. This isn't constant, sometimes I can't feel it, but usually at any given moment I can.
I can even feel the very slight difference between when my heat beats and when it reaches my fingertips.
Often, when I lie down to do go sleep, I can hear my heartbeat, and also feel my body sort of reverberating on each beat and even feels like I am 'moving' on each beat. Sometimes this can really make it hard to get to sleep just from the annoyance factor.
Anyway, I have never mentioned this to a doctor or in fact *anyone* before, but the other day my girlfriend asked why I couldnt sleep and I just told her it was because my heart was making me vibrate more than usual. I'm 28 and have had this all my life but I only just found out that this may not be 'normal' and that not everyone gets it, according to my girlfriend. I have never told anyone, just like I have never told anyone that my fingernails grow.
So, what I am trying to find out is:
1. is this really not 'normal' or is it just something that some people get and others don't?
2. is it something I should be concerned about?
3. I have heard of palpitations and read the definition, but I'm not sure if that is what I have, I don't have a 'bad feeling' or 'discomfort', I can just feel my heartbeat.
4. Should I see a doctor specifically about this or should I just mention it next time I go to see a doctor when I am sick (probably within the next 12-24 months sometime).
Oh, and I'm terribly sorry if this is in the wrong forum category, I couldn't really find a perfect match for it anywhere.
Last edited by epicurious; 05-22-2011 at 10:32 AM.