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05/17/2011 09:22:49 AM · #1
For the last week or so, around 8:00 to 11:00pm, I've noticed sporadic feelings of "fluttering" in the centre of my chest, sometime migrating toward one side or the other. Not painful, but sometimes uncomfortable.

Laying in bed while this was happening last night I decided to feel the pulse in my wrist. I could feel a normal pulse, around 70-80 bpm. Every 40 seconds or so the pulse would go away for a beat or two and flutter the same time I got that feeling in my chest.

I just took my pulse this morning, after my first coffee, and it's a steady 59bpm. Which is where I usually am while at rest.

I've been working out on my rowing machine again since December 1, 2010, About 45 minutes, between 6:30 and 7:30pm five to six days per week. I've been cranking up the intensity over the last week. According to my not-so-fancy bathroom scale, I lose a couple of pounds in sweat with each workout. After stretching & showering, I drink a litre or two of low sodium seltzer water (regular water is so boring) over the remainder of the evening.

Might an electrolyte imbalance be causing this? My peeing seems normal. How might I fix this?

Who will cure Slippy ? ... There may be a time limit to this contest !
05/17/2011 09:26:36 AM · #2
I think you're in love.
05/17/2011 09:26:39 AM · #3
Cut down your Caffeine intakes !
05/17/2011 09:27:48 AM · #4
//www.emedicinehealth.com/atrial_flutter/article_em.htm

Dude! You're getting old. Get it checked out by a real doctor.

eta: And here's your question answered by an expert... link

Message edited by author 2011-05-17 09:30:13.
05/17/2011 09:55:02 AM · #5
Originally posted by kirbic:

I think you're in love.

I like this answer, but I've been in love for over 20 years. :-D
05/17/2011 09:55:52 AM · #6
Originally posted by FocusPoint:

Cut down your Caffeine intakes !

I don't have caffeine after 3:30pm.
05/17/2011 09:57:13 AM · #7
Originally posted by Kelli:

...Dude! You're getting old. Get it checked out by a real doctor...

That involves appointments and tests, so boring. I'd much rather go the DIY route. ;-D
05/17/2011 09:58:20 AM · #8
No big deal. Mine does it frequently. It'll even slip into supraventricular tachycardia occasionally. I've had my heart beat at 220 beats/minute for 10-20 minutes. They say if it doesn't last long, then it's no big deal. It just feels kind of funky.
05/17/2011 10:04:48 AM · #9
I've known people with atrial fibrulation and the same symptoms as you. The medical treatment involved blood thinners to keep from developing a clot in the heart that might cause a stroke. In extreme cases they electroshock the heart, cardio version, to get it back to a normal beat. Get yourself to a cardiologist. This is more common than you might think.

Message edited by author 2011-05-17 10:06:14.
05/17/2011 10:08:06 AM · #10
Originally posted by franktheyank:

I've known people with atrial fibrulation and the same symptoms as you. The medical treatment involved blood thinners to keep from developing a clot in the heart that might cause a stroke. In extreme cases they electroshock the heart, cardio version, to get it back to a normal beat. Get yourself to a cardiologist. This is more common than you might think.


atrial fib is more like a washing machine out of whack. Very irregular beating.
05/17/2011 10:10:08 AM · #11
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by franktheyank:

I've known people with atrial fibrulation and the same symptoms as you. The medical treatment involved blood thinners to keep from developing a clot in the heart that might cause a stroke. In extreme cases they electroshock the heart, cardio version, to get it back to a normal beat. Get yourself to a cardiologist. This is more common than you might think.


atrial fib is more like a washing machine out of whack. Very irregular beating.


I'm no doctor but it can vary in severity.
05/17/2011 10:22:48 AM · #12
You are overhydrated. Don't try to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water. Just drink when you're thirsty.

Focus on your blood pressure, rather than your pulse rate. I only check the pulse of a person when I think they may be dead. However, if you can hear your heartbeat on your pillow at night, that's HBP.

Coffee and scotch okay in moderation.
05/17/2011 10:29:57 AM · #13
Probably PVCs, not atrial tachycardia. Only way to know for sure is to wear a holter monitor.
05/17/2011 10:35:11 AM · #14
Originally posted by hahn23:

Coffee and scotch okay in moderation.


How about scotch in my coffee? ;-)
05/17/2011 10:35:24 AM · #15
Originally posted by vawendy:

No big deal. Mine does it frequently. It'll even slip into supraventricular tachycardia occasionally. I've had my heart beat at 220 beats/minute for 10-20 minutes. They say if it doesn't last long, then it's no big deal. It just feels kind of funky.

Ooh, that doesn't sound good. :-O
05/17/2011 10:38:06 AM · #16
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by hahn23:

Coffee and scotch okay in moderation.


How about scotch in my coffee? ;-)


Relaxed and alert. How can that be bad?
05/17/2011 10:38:22 AM · #17
Originally posted by hahn23:

You are overhydrated. Don't try to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water. Just drink when you're thirsty.

Focus on your blood pressure, rather than your pulse rate. I only check the pulse of a person when I think they may be dead. However, if you can hear your heartbeat on your pillow at night, that's HBP.

Coffee and scotch okay in moderation.

My mother-in-law has a little home blood pressure kit. Maybe I'll borrow it, or find one of my own. It sounds like a fun thing to graph for kicks, at least. I can hear my heartbeat on my pillow at night, usually. :-( I'll check out that hydration link, thx.
05/17/2011 10:39:09 AM · #18
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Probably PVCs, not atrial tachycardia. Only way to know for sure is to wear a holter monitor.

That sounds like me. I wonder if I can rig up my own monitor.
05/17/2011 10:39:23 AM · #19
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by hahn23:

Coffee and scotch okay in moderation.


How about scotch in my coffee? ;-)


Relaxed and alert. How can that be bad?

word up!
05/17/2011 10:43:21 AM · #20
I had that 15 years ago... I was lying in bed and felt a jolt or a fluttering in my chest. Went to the doctor he took some blood and said your fine.... the human body does the stuff it does. At first I was like huh? But it turns out he was right... he also mention cut down on caffine, chocolate, booze and apples for the time being. Yes Apples.

BTW did you know eating an apple will wake you up in the morning better than coffee?
05/17/2011 10:47:02 AM · #21
Originally posted by FibreOptix:

I had that 15 years ago... I was lying in bed and felt a jolt or a fluttering in my chest. Went to the doctor he took some blood and said your fine.... the human body does the stuff it does. At first I was like huh? But it turns out he was right... he also mention cut down on caffine, chocolate, booze and apples for the time being. Yes Apples.

BTW did you know eating an apple will wake you up in the morning better than coffee?

WTF is the point of living if I can't have my coffee during the day, and my booze at night? :-( Apples... meh.
05/17/2011 10:50:15 AM · #22
For your peace of mind go to the doctor, get a monitor and be done with the worry. No big deal. We have to do what we have to do efficiently. Treat this like a photo challenge. I give you 7 days to report!
05/17/2011 11:25:19 AM · #23
As an aside, did you know that blueberry juice can make you smarter? And that a bottle of high quality blueberry juice will cost you fifteen dollars?! The effect is that in order to stay smart, you have to do something really dumb. :-(
05/17/2011 11:26:50 AM · #24
What kills is stress. Anxiety from work and living in a tough world takes a toll on one's body. If the direct impacts of stress don't take you right away, your immune system will weaken to the point something else will manifest. The medical community has many meds to mask symptoms, rarely curing the root cause. It becomes like a car operated with one foot firmly on the brake and the other foot "pedal to the metal" on the accelerator. Something's got to give. The only stress free person is the dead one. Stress is an unavoidable part of life. One's quality of life depends on one's ability to manage the impacts of stress and survive to live another day.

Darwin had it right. But, for humans, the evolutionary advantage will be psychological health enabling management of the physical body.
05/17/2011 11:27:10 AM · #25
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by Kelli:

...Dude! You're getting old. Get it checked out by a real doctor...

That involves appointments and tests, so boring. I'd much rather go the DIY route. ;-D

Find a mains electricity socket, and get some bare copper wires, and see what happens.
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