Heart Palpitation

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  • Feels like my heart keeps stopping

  • Palpitations but it seldom happens and only a single beat is out of place

  • Noticeable rapid, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations) during exertion

  • Can't drink cola or coffee because it will cause palpitations

  • Working causes my heart to start pounding or beating rapidly

  • Heartbeat becomes irregular on Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

  • Blood pressure was raised when the palpitations happened

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Palpitation is the sensation that the heartbeat is not normal. Common descriptions include racing, pounding, fluttering, skipping, flip-flopping or irregular beating.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Feel the heart is pounding

Possible causes

  • Benign arrhythmias such as extrasystoles

    Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat, where it might beat too slowly, too fast or with an irregular pattern. Benign arrhythmias are heartbeat irregularities which do not cause any symptoms. Causes include certain medications, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, inhaled aerosols, diet pills, stress, etc.

  • Atrial fibrillation (AF)

    Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, that can lead to blood clots in the heart. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Atrial fibrillation can be caused by many conditions, most commonly heart valve diseases and heart failure.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Graves' disease
  • Hypertension
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Hyperthyroidism

Related serious diseases

  • Supraventricular tachycardia

    A condition affecting the upper chambers of the heart, resulting in abnormally fast heartbeat. This can come and go suddenly, and last from a few minutes to a few days. It occurs when there is a problem in the usual signaling system of the heart and usually not life-threatening, but in rare cases, can lead to cardiac arrest or loss of consciousness. It can affect anyone. Risk factors include: heart or coronary artery defects or disease, emotional or physical stress/fatigue, and existing thyroid problems.

  • Myocardial infarction (MI) / Unstable angina
  • Hypoglycemia

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

  • Do you have more frequent palpitations when you are working?

  • Do you have more frequent palpitations when you are sleeping?

  • Do you have palpitations on your day off work?

  • Do you feel the palpitations are related to your breathing?

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References

  • Goyal A, Robinson KJ, Katta S, Sanchack KE. Palpitation. 2022 Apr 25. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 28613787.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK436016/

  • Giada F, Raviele A. Clinical Approach to Patients with Palpitations. Card Electrophysiol Clin. 2018 Jun;10(2):387-396. doi: 10.1016/j.ccep.2018.02.010. PMID: 29784490.

    https://www.cardiacep.theclinics.com/article/S1877-9182(18)30023-6/fulltext

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