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    Old 01-24-2007, 09:15 AM   #1
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    Heart flutters when I exert myself

    About 2 weeks ago I had a killer stomach ache -- the worst I've ever had in my life I think -- and subsequent diarrhea. Usually after evacuating I feel a lot better but this time around I still felt really ill which made me extremely nervous and panicky. Somewhere in the midst of that anxiety my heart starting beat irregularly, which I attributed, of course, to anxiety. I do have a history of panic disorder, and I know that it can cause an irregular heartbeat so I wasn't worried about that at the time. Time has passed, however, and I'm still getting these flutters -- at least a handful each day. They seem to come on as soon as I physically exert myself, e.g., walking up a flight of stairs. In the past I have had an occasional heart flutter -- once every few weeks maybe -- but I never once had a stretch of them like this. Any ideas? Should I get an EKG?

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    Old 01-24-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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    I would see a cardiologist. Your electrolytes could be low after your stomach virus. It could also be a thyroid problem. Magnesiums help some people but it makes my palpations worse. I have arrythmias but haven't found the cause of mine yet.

    Old 01-28-2007, 06:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Heart flutters when I exert myself

    See a cardiologist.......start with an EKG........use a 24 hour halter and/or event monitor............get the echocardio done......a stress test and blood work....

    That will begin to shed light on it....

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