Q. I experience flutter in the center of my chest while laying and standing. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 07, 2019 and last reviewed on: Dec 09, 2019

Hello doctor,

For the past few weeks, I have been experiencing a flutter in the center of my chest mostly when laying on my back. It does not happen often, maybe once or twice a night (not every night). Flutter is the best way I can describe the feeling. It lasts only for a few seconds. I also had this feeling while standing a couple of times. I am under medication for blood pressure and anxiety.

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

In general, heart rhythm disturbances or even benign palpitations are better felt during rest. Now coming to likely possibility in you, I think it is probably to atrial or ventricular ectopics or their runs. Benign palpitations usually not felt like a flutter but like a sustained feeling which gradually comes and goes. So, you should get yourself evaluated further. You should get an ECG (electrocardiogram) done, which may or may not pick these disturbances as these are intermittent. So, 24-hour Holter monitoring may be necessary. Alternatively, you may wear smart watches with ECG monitors like Kardia monitor or other smart watches. They can guide us regarding the heart rhythm during symptoms and clinching the diagnosis.

So, there is a possibility of cardiac disturbance, which are not usually worrisome but we need ECG to confirm the exact cause.

I hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.


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