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What does fluttering in the chest mean?

Posted by Peggie53

Being woken several times a night with fluttering in the chest along with breaking out into a sweat.  This does not happen every day.  Had CABG 5 yrs ago and I am a diabetic but my A1C is at 5 and has been for quite a while.  Any help would be much appreciated.
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Hi Peggie53,

With your past medical history of having bypass surgery, you might be having an abnormal heart rhythm especially if it's associated with breaking out into a sweat.  Your cardiologist would probably check your EKG.  If this only occurs once in a while, there are several things they can do.  Wearing a holter monitor for 24 hours or if it's so infrequent there are also monitors that can be used for longer periods of time.  When you feel the fluttering, you call a number or write down the time so they can correlate your symptoms with what is occurring on the heart monitoring system. 

The most important thing is for your doctor to be able to find out what your heart rhythm is doing during these episodes so it can be treated properly.  It doesn't mean it's dangerous but that's why it's important to first diagnose what it is.  I would recommend you speak with your cardiologist.  I hope this helps.

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