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    24 y/o heart palpitations
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    An_267736 posted:
    So starting about 2 weeks ago, I started having episodes where it felt like there were butterflies in my chest (heart region). These episodes last for several minutes. They don't hurt and my breathing doesn't change, but I find them uncomfortable. Just had an episode that lasted 35 minutes, so going to the my GP tomorrow to schedule an appointment. I haven't worried about it until tonight. Any ideas of what could be happening or what I should ask my Dr. about?
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "I started having episodes where it felt like there were butterflies in my chest (heart region)."

    "Just had an episode that lasted 35 minutes"


    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 (butterflies effect), 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 and non-cardiac) or triggers.

    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). Sometimes there are no additional symptoms at all.

    Additionally, of the different types/kinds 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 heartbeat/arrhythmia, requiring the use of a Holter moitor, event recorder, or implantable cardiac monitor at home and during regular activities) or even be silent.

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s).

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)





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