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Heart's calling an Audible
Frazier4 posted:
Last night i was sitting on my friends bed, and he heard something his chest that sounded like cracking, and upon closer examination, i found out that his heart was making audible beats. The beats were not irregular, nor was he experiencing any chest pain or dizziness or shortness of breath. I am just concerned as to why all of the sudden we can hear his heart beat as well as him being able to feel it in his chest.

I found that it is more prominent when he slouch over, but i can still faintly hear it when he am sitting straight up and down. I told him he should probably call a doctor, but he is a stubborn fellow and said he didn't want to make any hasty moves, and that he would wait and see if it got worse.

Now i may be overreacting, but i am just worried that he wont do anyting and something may happen.
Any advice???
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"I told him he should probably call a doctor."

Excellent advice.

"But he is a stubborn fellow and said he didn't want to make any hasty moves, and that he would wait and see if it got worse."

Sometimes the "wait and see" approach can work in the patient's favor, and other times it may/can prove deleterious or even fatal.

While I don't recall what you have specifically described has been posted about here in the past, some individuals have experienced a vibration, or buzzing feeling/sensation in the chest/thoracic area, which always warrants checking for possible problems that can involve the heart's electrical conduction system, i.e., irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia or a heart valve.

Also, in some individuals, as applicable, more so if there is a bounding, firm, or strong pulse (for whatever reason, constant or briefly), they can see a rhythmic pulsing or throbbing (in-sync with the heartbeat) in a vein, such as in the hand, arm, or neck, simply because of their body habitus, e.g., thin or thin 'n tall build (or so-called being "thin-skinned") and physique. A pulsing in the chest, and sometimes the abdomen/stomach, may/can be notcied as well.

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, 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 heartbeat, requiring the use of Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities) or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life to your friend and you.

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