Irregular heartbeat?

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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
For the last few months, I've had an irregular heartbeat, kind of like a fluttering feeling in my chest, once or twice a day.  I think I read somewhere this is common in people with UC.  Anyone else get this?
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:  Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a faster heart beat since I started prednisone. It could be that, but you need to look in to it.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this once in a while. But I used to get it before UC too. I think mine has something to do with caffeine and/or physical activity. Nothing ever shows up when the DR. listens to it. I supposedly have a murmer, but no doc, besides the one that diagnosed it 15 years ago, has ever mentioned it. If it bothers you though, get it checked out. They can give you a monitor to wear for a day or two that records heart activity.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I get it when taking more than 25 mg prednisone.
Then I can feel my heartbeat in my hands, could probably take my pulse just by closing my eyes.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had it too for quite some time. My dr says its from being chronically anemic. Even when I'm in remission I remain anemic. My iron levels stay super low, which they say can give you heart palpatations over time. I don't have it all the time, but when I do, I DEF notice. You should let your dr know.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
J B said...
I have had it too for quite some time. My dr says its from being chronically anemic. Even when I'm in remission I remain anemic. My iron levels stay super low, which they say can give you heart palpatations over time. I don't have it all the time, but when I do, I DEF notice. You should let your dr know.
Same here. I've had every test know to man done on my heart and its fine. Dr says its anemia.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Could it be a side effect of any of your meds?

You should let your dr know!
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   Posted 10/23/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Definately let your doctor know about the flutters. I have that too when I am flaring and it feels like sometimes my heart just wants to beat right out of my chest. I've had every test too to determine that it's nothing serious. I do have MVP but it's mild so maybe that is why my heart flutters so much while flaring.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, for the last couple of months I have had this but what happens in mine is there is a skip of the heart which some how causes me to cough. I called it a flutter cough before realizing the heart was skipping. For me it comes and goes, lately it is once in a while but I can go for days "flutter cough" free. I can feel the skip by taking my pulse. I did ask my GP Doc about this and naturally my heart was perfectly normal at the appointment. You can wear a monitor which only tells them that you are not making it up. I am getting blood work done but haven't had the tests yet. I found a discussion board by doing a search for something like" skip heart beat cough" and one person after another had the same or similar symptoms but very few had gotten a medical explanation or help for this. One thing I am trying is folic acid in a higher dose than I normally take, as one of the less common symptoms if folic deficiency is irregular heart beat and I do take sulfasalazine which suppresses folic intake. not sure this is helping.

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   Posted 10/24/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this for a couple weeks long before getting UC. I could also feel my heart beating really i was super aware of it and it almost felt like it was beating out of my chest, if that makes any sense. I hated it. I got an EKG (I think that's what it's called) and it showed up fine... Once in a while, I'll start to feel it again, but I try to think about something else and I usually forget about it. You should definitely talk to your doctor about it.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 10/26/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get this alot, but I believe it was caused by two things...slight dehydration and/or physical exertion when I wasn't in shape. I haven't had irregular heartbeats since slowing down my bm's, drinking more water and exercising. There may also be a hormonal connection, which exercise also corrects.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
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