The strange sensation in the middle of your chest can be worrying, but often it's just a mismatch in the rhythm of your heart. A series of electrical impulses makes your heart pump; When one of those impulses is made up, you will feel your heart beat. Most of the time it's nothing, but they can be a sign of something dangerous. There are many types of heart rhythm disorders, said Denice Hodgson-Zingman, MD, a cardiologist and professor of internal medicine with the University of Iowa Health Care. "Some of them make the heart beat irregularly, and this can be felt as a 'flip flops' sensation," he said.
If the electrical impulses ignite in the wrong order, you can feel the sensation of fullness in the neck and heartbeat, said Dr. Hodgson-Zingman. "Other rhythm disorders consist of an occasional single extra beat or beat. Because this extra beat is too fast to allow the heart to pump blood efficiently, it feels like your heart is beating. "According to Joe Lau, MD, PhD, cardiologist at Northwell Health and American Heart Association experts, palpitations may also feel like a sensation of fluttering or speeding.
"Palpitations are symptoms, so there is no way to generally define how they feel because, like all symptoms, the way they taste varies from one patient to another," said Emily Zeitler, MD, an electrophysiologist (or cardiac rhythm doctor) at Dartmouth -Hitchcock Medical Center and former member of the American College of Cardiology's Electrophysiology Council. He said palpitations need a diagnostic evaluation by your doctor.
"Depending on the exact cause, some patients may have rare symptoms, while others may have several ongoing episodes a day, sometimes with each episode lasting for a few minutes at a time," Dr. Lau Chances are, if palpitations are rare, you don't need to rush to the doctor. Less serious causes of palpitations can include stress, anxiety, caffeine, alcohol, illness, or pregnancy, he said.
Go right to the emergency room (or call an ambulance) if you feel chest pain with palpitations, warn Dr. Zeitler. This is a classic sign that your heart is in serious trouble.
In fact, you might not even have to wait for a doctor's appointment if you experience this, because you might have heart disease. When experiencing palpitations, "if you feel like you are fainting or if you really are fainting then you may need to be examined immediately in the emergency department or the emergency department," he said.
While most people will know something is wrong with fainting, if your loss of consciousness is preceded by or followed by palpitations, you have even more reasons to get medical treatment status, warns Dr. Zeitler. This could indicate a kind of heart disease, he said. Dr Lau said dizziness and swollen feet with palpitations can also indicate a serious heart problem.
"Any symptoms such as stroke such as asymmetrical weakness, facial droop, confusion, difficulty finding words, or visual changes, will be worrying," said Dr. Hodgson-Zingman.
Even if you don't have very frightening symptoms, if you generally feel terrible or need to sleep in bed because of a strange sensation in your chest, you can benefit from treatment, said Dr. Zeitler. Even though the cause itself may be benign, it needs to be overcome in order for you to function. "Atrial fibrillation [AFib], a very common cause of palpitations, originates in the upper chambers of the heart, atria, and it causes the lower chambers to press in an irregular way; chaotic heart rhythm, "Dr. Zeitler. "You don't have to treat AFib, but doctors often do it because it makes people feel very bad and we can make people feel better with drugs or with procedures like ablation."