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  • Can hear my heart beating

  • 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 May 23, 2022

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.

  • 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.

  • Anemia
  • Graves' disease
  • Hypertension
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Hyperthyroidism

Related Serious Diseases

  • Myocardial infarction (MI) / Unstable angina

    These are often grouped together under the term "Acute Coronary Syndrome " (ACS) and is potentially life-threatening. This results from a blood vessel supplying the heart being blocked, usually by a blood clot. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle diabetes and family history of cardiovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, heart disease).

  • 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 have palpitations on during the weekdays?

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