Ask the Cardiologist: What do heart vibrations mean?

Dr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

Dr. Malinski is back to answer a reader-submitted question! Read on below.

Q: Once I felt a heart vibration that lasted 5 seconds. I didn’t check my pulse, but I think there weren’t heartbeats. What can it be?

A: First and foremost, it is important to remember to see your physician for any specific health concerns.

Generally, symptoms that last only few seconds are typically not related to serious cardiovascular disease. It is especially true if it comes to sensations of palpitations, heart pounding in the chest, or heart vibration. These are usually non-specific symptoms that, if related to any cardiovascular events, it’s most likely just an extra beat (what we call “extrasystole” or premature ventricular contraction [PVC]).

I advise my patients to check their pulse and whether it’s normal, and how long the symptoms last. Sometimes, a temporary limit on physical activity is put in place, but there is usually no need for further cardiovascular evaluation.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, post it in the comments section below, visit the Sherman Health Facebook page, or email with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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2 Responses to Ask the Cardiologist: What do heart vibrations mean?

  1. Ed phillips says:

    My heart is vibrating & it is fairly frquent in short 5 second spurts feels almost identical to when I have my cell in my left pocket & it’s on vibrate. What might be going on?

    ght be going on?

  2. Hi Ed,

    We would advise that you contact your physician regarding these symptoms. Your doctor will know what is the best diagnosis based his/her exams and on your previous medical history. Thank you for contacting us!

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