Fluttering Feeling in the Chest and Heart
Atrial flutter is the main condition that brings about fluttering in the chest area. Symptoms of this condition include rapid and irregular heartbeats which are commonly known as arrhythmias.
The main danger when a patient experiences fluttering in the chest or when there is atrial flutter is that the heart does not properly pump blood when it is beating rapidly.
With the right kind of medications, atrial flutter can be managed well and is rarely considered life-threatening. It can come as a paroxysmal atrial flutter which means it can come or go but it can also come as a persistent atrial flutter wherein patients will experience fluttering in the chest area for weeks.
Causes of Fluttering Feeling in the Chest
Atrial flutter is the main condition that brings about a fluttering feeling in the chest and heart.
- Ischemia or the decrease in the flow of the blood towards the heart which is caused by coronary heart disease, heart attack, or atherosclerosis or when the arteries become hard.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure.
- Cardiomyopathy or the disease of the heart muscles which is connected to congestive heart failure.
- Mitral valve abnormalities and other abnormalities of the heart valves.
- Hypertrophy or the abnormal enlargement of the chambers of the heart.
- Pulmonary embolism or blood clots in the blood vessels of the lungs.
- Chronic lung diseases like emphysema and COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which cause the decrease in the amounts of oxygen in the blood.
- Abuse in alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and hard liquor.
- Regular use of stimulants like diet pills, cold medicines, caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines.
Treatment for Fluttering Feeling in the Chest
- Patients that experience fluttering in the chest and have atrial flutter are given prescribed oral medications that should be taken regularly. This will help in controlling the beating of the heart.
- Stimulants that have caused or triggered symptoms to arise should be avoided. Patients should consult the doctor before taking any kind of new medications, supplements, or herbs.
- In addition to avoiding stimulants, patients should also consume less salt which helps in lowering blood pressure, increase physical activity, and eat heart-healthy foods like blueberries and salmons.
- Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation. This is an invasive procedure that uses a technique which electronically destroys conduction pathway abnormalities in the atria.
- Blood-thinning drugs are prescribed to prevent strokes.