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Friday, November 14, 2008 OPHILIA, Community Member, asks

Q: what causes heart jumping?

what causes one to feel the heart jumping

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Amy Hendel, Health Guide
11/17/08 8:03pm

When adrenaline is stimulated in your system (due to a sudden scare/anxious moment) it can cause that phenomenon - which clinically woudl be called a sudden arrythmia or palpitations.  It's typically harmless and most of us have experienced it.

11/17/08 8:33pm


Hi Ophilia,


Your heart "jumping" could be caused by a benign condition such as mitral valve prolapse (MVP --common with people with anxiety), or it could be heart palpitations from anxiety. 


For peace of mind, get your heart checked out by a Cardiologist that you trust.  If he/she tells you that it's MVP, palpatations from anxiety, or some other benign condition, then you can trust in the results and utlize relaxation techniques to slow down your heart rate.




Jennifer L. Fee, Psy.D.

The Stress Masters


Dr. Fee is a Psychologist. Dr. Fee's answers are not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only, and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own Psychiatrist/Physician.


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By OPHILIA, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/12, First Published: 11/14/08