I was siting down when all the sudden my heart made a really hard thud/palpitation, is this normal.?

I’ve been to the cardiologist a few times, done tests, everything seems fine. I do not have any history of heart conditions in my family. I just got a hard thud/palpitation in my heart when I was just sitting on the floor. It made me catch my breath and now I’m all anxious. This has happend to me before. When it happends I almost feel like my heart is just freaking out for a quick second, and is about to kill me. Has anyone else had this?

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3 Responses to I was siting down when all the sudden my heart made a really hard thud/palpitation, is this normal.?

  1. Wendy J says:

    it has happened to me too and I don’t know what it is. Do you have a heart murmur?

  2. im_jabi says:

    If you’ve been to cardiologists and they say that nothing’s wrong, then it’s probably a panic attack a.k.a anxiety attack

  3. Lizabeth says:

    What you describe is exactly what I have had many times and I’ve had it for about 15 years and I’m now in my 30s. It does scare me each time during the seconds that it is happening. It is definately not a panic or anxiety attack. It happens when I am either sitting or lying down and relaxed. It takes me by surprise, although I get a about a second warning before the thud, then I catch my breath and sometimes cough a bit and take a few seconds to recover. It has never happened to me when standing, walking, doing something active or when feeling stressed.

    When I told doctors about it when I was younger, they would listen to my heart with a stethoscope and their face looked as though they were hearing something strange. They tell me that my heart beat is sometimes a bit irregular, but that it is nothing to worry about at all. Different doctors have all said the same thing and I have never had any other tests done.

    I think I got this type of heart from my Dad. We laugh about it! My mum has a very strong, steady and constant unwavering beat and so does my brother and sister. My Dad jokes our hearts sound like a skippy rythmic tune at random intervals!

    However, other than what my Dad has reported, there is no history of heart conditions in my family. My grandpa died of a heart attack at aged 86, but he smoked heavily all his life a little overweight and pretty immobile the last 10 years due to having gone blind from glaucoma. So there is nothing too unusual there. That one big heart attack was a blessing as he was incontinent after having had a stroke and was starting to go senile.

    My Dad and I also tend to have naturally low blood pressure, when we’ve been tested, which is healthier than many other people and something to be proud of. (So not all bad!) I’m not sure if that has anything to do with this heart thing though. I would love to test my blood pressure when I get these heart pulpitations though to see if there is a difference.

    I get palpitations more often now, years later, and it still scares me, but again, only for a few seconds. I have got so used to it. What has become annoying though are palpitations that last about an hour. I try my best to stop them, but it is beyond my control. I don’t think there is anything that can be done about it though.

    If I have been being lazy and inactive/unfit, sometimes the palpitations are synchronised with the occasional throb ache in my head, especially when going upstairs. When I’m fit though, this doesn’t happen.

    With regard to the thud symptom, I’ve had it so many times now I just let it happen, do the gasp and or cough to get my breath back, think nothing of it and move on. It would probably make your heart worse if you get anxious. As I have had this for so long, I’ve got used to it and I never worry about it once the thud is over.

    You don’t want doctors to start giving you medication unless it is very serious and absolutely necessary. It is always best to stay away from medications if you can, to avoid other side effects and yet more problems! Also, it’s probably not a good idea to take medication everyday for something that only happens occasionally and lasts for a few seconds. As it is unpredictable and sudden without warning, you can’t prevent it by taking medication just before either. So I doubt there is a cure for this.

    If you take thyroxine for an underactive thyroid and or asfhma inhalers, this can sometimes cause heart palpitations which people just live with.

    I never drink anything with caffeine in. No tea, no coffee and never coke. When I have drunk coke I have had palpitations afterwards. So, I suggest you cut out caffeine completely at all times.

    I wonder if this thud and palpitation might be because sometimes I sit at a desk too much and not don’t get enought daily cardio exercise. I do find that my heart is better when I do regular, ideally daily, exercise. If I haven’t done much exercise and go up stairs too quickly I get palpitations and synchronised throb in my head. Whereas when I’m fitter, I’m fine.

    I keep meaning to go to the doctor about this heart thud and palpitations again, but I know that I’ll be fine when I’m there and I don’t want to waste time. I feel safe with it now and feel I’m much more likely to die by getting hit by a lorry while cycling.

    It would be great to have a device we can buy in the pharmacy which could measure and record our heart rates so we can show it to the doctor when the thud occours. Even then though I don’t know if there is anything they can do. As it only happens occasionally.

    What makes me feel better about this heart thing, is that my Dad, who has this same heart symptom, is now 70, is pretty fit, has never been to the hospital. So, it hasn’t killed him yet!!!

    There are also many other people who get this and they’re not dying from it. I hope that makes you feel better. I think that when you get old, probably the best way to die is heart attack as it’s quick. I wouldn’t want my heart to be so strong and healthy that I and those around me are forced to live with my dementia or with the disabling after effects of a stroke for 20 years.

    Anyway, to prevent discomfort in your life now, make sure you cut out caffeine, eat really well, keep your weight healthy and do exercise. I eat a balanced diet of bran, fruit, veg and a little meat; I never eat sugary or fatty foods and my bmi is always naturally at a constant of 19. I cycle nearly everywhere as a mode of transport. (Of course no smoking, but that goes without saying nowawdays!) I still get palpitations, but I still think I’m less likely to get sick and have a heart attack before my 80s. Perhaps our hearts need a bit more care than most, so I think a consistantly good diet and lifestyle is more important for people like us.

    When you exercise it is good to ease yourself into and out of it gently. I read somewhere that if you do sudden bursts of strenuous exercise, it can cause arrythmia heart problems.

    We all have our different ailments or weeknesses, some of which we just have to live with and accept. It’s good to appreciate what health we have and to take care as much as you possibly can with the weaker aspects.

    I think what we have might be called arrythmia or something which can be suffered to varying degrees, from mild occasional non life threatening to serious. But I’m no doctor so I don’t know.

    You can get lots of second doctor opinions on what you have and if they all say the same thing, then I suppose nothing can be done.

    Well that is my response based on exprience. Hopefully this is helpful in some way, but hope also that you have professional opinions too.

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