About "Palpitations"

Palpitation is when you feel that your heart has skipped a beat or beating too hard and fast or fluttering. The causes can be anything from simple conditions like strenuous exercise, stress, anxiety, low blood sugar, and shock to severe diseases like arrhythmias and heart valve defects. Get medical help immediately if palpitation is accompanied by loss of consciousness, sweating, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.

Related Terms: ECG, Anxiety, Chest Pain, Holter Monitor, Tachycardia, Arrhythmias, Congestive Heart Failure

Recently Answered Questions

Are heart palpitations, tachycardia and shortness of breath due to mitral valve stenosis?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from heart palpitations (especially when I lie down or do some physical activity), shortness of breath, tachycardia for the past three months. I am taking Propranolol (20 mg per day) for this. Propranolol is controlling trachycardia a bit. In stress my condition worsens...  Read Full »
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems to be due to anxiety. To exclude any valvular disorder, the cardiologist will auscultate your heart carefully, if he listens any abnormal sound he may advise echo, otherwise no need. Regarding palpitations, better have an ECG done at the time of symptoms or alt...  Read Full »
I get palpitations often. Should I take Disprin for prophylaxis?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 62 year old female. I get palpitations quite often. My blood pressure remains 130/90 with Telma 20 mg and Nebicard 2.5 mg. Also, some friends told me to take Disprin 2.8 mg for prophylaxis. Please advise if I need to take Dispirin or anything else.  Read Full »
Dr. Sanjib K Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your blood pressure is fairly controlled. Continue both the medicines. Please do an ECG when you are getting palpitations. Take Calcium and Vitamin D3 tablets and Meconeuron OD (Methylcobalamin) once a day for three months. Get serum vitamin D3 and serum vitamin ...  Read Full »
Why are palpitations occurring even after pacemaker implantation?
Query: Hello doctor,My 71-year-old father was admitted to the hospital for palpitation occurrence and fast heart beating at 143 beats per minute. He was feeling dizziness in the morning. He was given injections to reduce the heart rate and has taken Holter monitoring for one day. He had previously undergon...  Read Full »
Dr. Ganesh P Sapkal

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I have gone through the report that you have provided. He is having the tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome. In this case, the pacemaker avoids his bradycardia episodes only. For his tachycardia episodes, drugs can be given. Sometimes the drug controls it perfectly...  Read Full »
Severe heart palpitations in a 20-year-old man. What can be done?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old healthy young man. I do not drink or smoke but I do work a lot. I work for 60 hours actually and just moved out of my house with my family. I got my own new place as well as trying to maintain a relationship with my current girlfriend. I do not really have any health...  Read Full »
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). All the tests are fine. The cardiologist said your heart is normal. So, you do not have to worry. Tablet Metoprolol has been given for symptomatic relief for your palpitation. Probab...  Read Full »
I have palpitations and premature beats since childhood. Should I be worried?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48 year old male. I have a lean build and do exercises regularly. Since childhood, I had a tendency for heart palpitations and premature beats, mostly when I do not get good sleep or if I am going through some stress. Around 16 years ago, I consulted a cardiologist and had an ...  Read Full »
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These premature complexes are probably originating from the ventricles. These are usually benign and not life-threatening. Considering your age, the primary concern is a coronary artery disease, which is also less likely as you have been observing these symptoms sinc...  Read Full »
What are the causes and treatment of liver enlargement?
Query: Hello doctor, I have attached all my reports. Please let me know how Embeta-AM will help me improve my health. Will there be any side effects? The recent medications which I have used are, Maxoza from last four months, one sachet daily and Fluconazole 200 mg, two tablets in the last two weeks. Infl...  Read Full »
Dr. Kusumakar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a problem in the complete lipid profile, which is due to increased weight. So, I will advise you to go for a regular brisk walking for 1 hour every day, at least 6 days a we...  Read Full »
I had severe palpitations but my ECG and echo are normal. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor, I had an episode of severe palpitations early this year, following which I went through ECG, 2D echo, stress test, and troponin. All the tests were normal. I have been experiencing intermittent chest, neck, and back pain since two yrars. The doctor started with Nebicard SM 5 mg, which ...  Read Full »
Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Anxiety is widespread amongst healthy young adults these days. Most often, palpitation is not as a result of a heart problem. I usually advise my patients to engage in exercises like Yoga or deep breathing exercises. Getting adequate...  Read Full »
A Racing Heart - Palpitation Explained
Article Overview: This article gives details of my experience with patients who had episodes of palpitations. It discusses the signs, diagnosis, treatment, etc.  Read Article »
Dr. Isaac Gana

In my day to day practice as a physician, I receive at least 11 patients each week complaining of their heart racing. Some Data and Statistics Last year, I recorded a rough estimate of 521 patients with this complaint. Amongst these patients, 87.3 % of them were young adults in the range of 16 to ...  Read Article »
I experience heart palpitations and skipped beat. Do I need medicine?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I experience heart palpitations with a skipped beat for three years. When I exercise (run), I experience heart palpitations and I cannot breathe freely and naturally (exercise intolerance). I consulted a cardiologist and he says nothing is wrong with my health. Afte...  Read Full »
Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms could be related to anxiety. I agree with your doctor that mitral valve prolapse is not a serious medical disorder. Anyway, it can trigger ectopic heart beats especially during straining physical activity. Anyway, if the problem persists, I would recom...  Read Full »
I have heart palpitations when I exercise. Am I over exercising?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46 year old male. I have a desk job where I need to be sitting for eight hours continuously at the computer. I am suffering from these problems since 27 years. When I was 19, I did heavy exercises once and suddenly the heartbeat increased to approximately 180 times per minute. ...  Read Full »
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have done some tests already related to the heart and found it to be normal. I suggest you do free T4, T3, TSH, Holter monitoring, and Hb %. Based on the reports, the next course of action could be taken. I think you need not worry. Try to control your stress....  Read Full »


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