Q. What causes flutters in chest?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 29, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 28-year-old male, in good shape and exercise 5 to 6 times per week. Lately, I have been feeling weird flutters in my chest. Started wearing a heart rate monitor. It showed my average resting heart rate at 44 BPM, which seems low. Noticed these symptoms are happening almost daily and heightened if I drink any alcohol (1 or 2 beers). Recently, did an ECG. It looked normal. I did another one when my heart felt fluttery and showed some weird results.

Dr. Isaac Gana



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Do you feel as if your heart is racing? Have you ever noticed any dizziness or fainting? Is there any family history of heart disease? Since it started has it been progressing? It could be palpitations you are experiencing which are often benign. But I will love for you to upload the ECG result, let me study to make sure there is no underlying pathology. Best regards.

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Thank you doctor,

I do not feel as if my heart is racing. And I do not believe there is history of heart disease in my family. It does not feel to be progressing. It seems to be about the same for the last few weeks. I have attached one normal ECG and then a few of the ones that were abnormal.

Dr. Isaac Gana



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have studied the ECG test results that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have premature ventricular contractions (PVC). Yours is benign since you do not have a family history of heart disease or history of heart disease.

Firstly, you will need to modify your life a little. Reduce alcohol, tobacco or caffeine. These are the most common triggers. Sleep for 6 to 7 hours a day. Do cardio exercises 3 to 4 times a week. If after 1 to 2 months you do not get relief or the frequency increases, you might need a medication known as beta blocker such as Bisoprolol.You do not need to worry. It is not life threatening. Hopefully you will get better with these adjustments. Best regards.

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