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Loud heart beat
eschneider91 posted:
Hi, I am 19 years old and a student. I have mild asthma but ever since I started college I've needed my inhaler almost every day if not more than that. The past week or so, (and this has happened to me before) my heart has been beating loudly and it's weird because generally you can't feel your heart beat unless you've been working out or doing something to make it beat faster or louder. I am just sitting and it will beat really loud. I also feel kind of weak when this happens, and tired. My breathing gets harder and my heart seems to beat loudly. Any idea of what this could be?
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"Beause generally you can't feel your heart beat unless you've been working out or doing something to make it beat faster or louder."

You're right.

Under normal circumstances, one is not aware of, does not sense, perceive, hear or feel his/her own heartbeat/pulse, as if it were not beating at all.

"My heart has been beating loudly"

As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac/non-cardiac) or triggers.

As reported, PVCs are typically harmless (benign), be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

Non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs under 30 seconds, but typically not salvos) may/can become serious as well if it occurs frequently (episodes are grouped closely/tightly together).

Symptoms that may/can occur wih PVCs includes chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

Additionally, of the different types of heart conditions, some which can occur at any age, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, such as an irregular or fast or sloiw heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter moitor, event recorder, or implantable cardiac monitor at home) or even be silent.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,


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