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What causes heart flutters during sleep?

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Fluttering of the heart, or atrial fluttering, often results from diseases and conditions that affect the heart, according to eMedicineHealth. Hyperthyroidism, pulmonary embolism, chronic lung diseases, and the use of alcohol and stimulants may also cause atrial fluttering.

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Coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure are among the heart diseases that cause atrial fluttering, notes eMedicineHealth. Heart valve abnormalities, including mitral valve abnormalities, may also cause atrial fluttering. Chronic diseases may also cause the condition, such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Consuming wine, beer, hard liquor and other types of alcohol, or taking diet pills, amphetamines, cocaine and other stimulants are additional causes of atrial heart fluttering.

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