"fluttering" sensation when i check my pulse

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Hello I am 16 yrs old, and am 9 stone. I currently have no bad medical history background, however I do suffer from anxiety, and am an extremely health anxious person, this has resulted me having a lot of panic attacks in the past, which used to make me think that I have a heart problem however a EKG done 6 months ago from when this was happening prooved nothing wrong and everything including bloodtests came back fine. However me being a very health anxious results in me being a constant pulse checker and over the course of 5 months, when regularly checking my pulse in my neck I have felt fluttering/whooshing sensations, however these only last for 5-10 seconds, and only happen occasionally, but they scare me soo much, as I think it might indicate something wrong with my heart as It only happens when I touch the left part of my neck on the pulse. But I have no other symptoms when this weird pulse sensation happens in my neck I just need some answers as to what this might be?  THANK YOU! smile all answers are appreciated.

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    Hi James,

    Have you tried taking your pulse from the left or right wrist to confirm your experiences from the neck. I can never get any pulse from my neck ... ever ! I find this very reliable and can detect my heart rate and/or any missed beats. I also use an App on my smartphone ... 'Whats my heart rate' seems as good as any which is what I use. This will tell you your heart beats per minute. Generally the NHS in Britain reckon on anything between 60 and 100 bpm is acceptable. Has your family got any history of heart or stroke issues ? How active are you, running, tennis, football etc etc. ? Do you get any palpitations or breathlessness. Finally, try not to dwell on this too much, that will only lead to stress and will cause you to imagine things and genberally won't do you any good.

    John

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      HI thanks for the replysmile and yes yesterday I was feeling my left pulse on the neck and it was making a faint fluttering noise but still keeping intact with a steady beat, however my right neck pulse was absoloutly fine. However I only ever notice these sensations in my neck when I actually check my pulse and normally I never have these, so I think I should just stop worrying and stop always checking my pulse, as I have no other symptom when this happens, unlike yesterday when it resulted in an anxiety attack which i was getting shortness of breath and a bit of chest tightness but I was able to calm down relatively quickly. And my resting heart BPM is 78, and I am seemed medically as healthy, even thought I do smoke. And my mother and father have no history with heart or storke issues however my grandparents do have trouble with heart issueuses.  And no I dont really get palpiations or breathlessness for no reason unless if im ridicously anxious or running, again thanks for the reply:-)
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    Hi James,

    I think John is correct and maybe the clue is in your anxiety/stress. I am also a very healthy person but was diagnosed with irregular heartbeat a few months ago. Had all the heart tests just like you and everything is nomal but still have irregular heartbeat/fluttering sensations.  Consultant advised me this was due to stress and to stop worrying, stay off caffeine drinks and relax a little more. I now do breathing exercises/meditation and have found this really helps - the episodes are getting less and I do not get so anxious, so maybe you can try somethig like this. Try not to constantly check your pulse, I know how difficult it is as I was doing exactly the same, because this will make you even more anxious and put your mind into overdrive. Take care :-) 

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      Thanks so much, I had a hint that it was somewhat related to my anxiety, as the fluttering sensations in my neck only come on when im anxious however they dont happen that reguarly but they doo scare me somtimes as I think that it could be a bloodclot or something but this is obviously just my health anxiety taking hold, but I am an avergaly heahlthy person my resting BPM is 78bpm, so now I am beginining to belive its not dangerous. Thank you for the replies smile
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