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.

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Will increase in heart rate likely to cause arrhythmia or tachycardia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. I have no symptoms and I am not taking any current medication. Three years ago I once went to the hospital because I felt my heart was beating really fast, and they did some EKG scans and a blood test on me saying that everything is normal. They also gave me t...  Read Full »

Dr. Anoop Mathew


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Palpitations or the feeling of fast heart beat is an extremely common symptom. I understand your GP has done the usual tests and has reassured you. I would need a bit more history. Have you fainted anytime? Have you got your thyroid functions checked? Do you have his...  Read Full »

Are benign palpitations fatal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I have benign palpitations from the age of 15. I am getting extremely frustrated and anxious. I went to a cardiologist today and have no peace. All he said was my Holter monitor shows benign PVC, PAC, bigeminy, trigeminy, and my echocardiogram came out fine and he i...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You could have uploaded a normal ECG and Holter. Can you tell me what is this app? (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Anyways, palpitation can be benign but we have to find the cause. Do a thyroid function test, serum electrolytes (Na, K, Mg, Ca). Y...  Read Full »

What does a flutter in the center of the chest indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past few weeks, I have been experiencing a flutter in the center of my chest mostly when laying on my back. It does not happen often, maybe once or twice a night (not every night). Flutter is the best way I can describe the feeling. It lasts only for a few seconds. I also h...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to In general, heart rhythm disturbances or even benign palpitations are better felt during rest. Now coming to likely possibility in you, I think it is probably to atrial or ventricular ectopics or their runs. Benign palpitations usually not felt like a flutter bu...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for sudden palpitation and dizziness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. At work, I had an episode of my heart started racing out of the blue. I could feel it pounding in my chest, and it made it feel like I was choking. I got very dizzy and thought I might faint, and started sweating. It only lasted about five minutes. I have issues wit...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are various reasons for having palpitations along with dizziness. The most important one is an abnormal heart rate or rhythm which starts suddenly and terminates abruptly. This could be detected by different monitors that you can carry with you, these devices c...  Read Full »

I felt my heartbeat in shoulder blade. Is this heart related or stress related?

Query: Hello doctor, I felt my heartbeat in my right shoulder blade for about 30 minutes and this concerns me. Is this heart related or stress related? Over the past three months I have had many EKG, echocardiogram and stress test, all were normal. Today I felt a very new and strange sensation while sitti...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The pounding or racing heart rate you are experiencing is known as palpitations, that is, awareness of one's own heartbeat. They usually are not serious and go away on their own. They may accur during physical or emotional exertion, anxiety, stimulants like caffeine, ni...  Read Full »

What is the cause for heart enlargement and intermittent palpitations?

Query: Hello doctor, I had bronchitis and they did a chest x-ray, it showed my heart was enlarged. My primary doctor did an echo and the results are below. My family history, maternal grandfather died of a blood clot that went to his heart and caused a heart attack. Mother died after a heart valve surger...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your medical history and cardiac ultrasound report. Your echo data seem to be fine, only there is a mild left atrial dilation. You cannot change your family history, but you can change and modify your lifestyle and your diet. The most impo...  Read Full »

Are my irregular heartbeat and palpitation due to sinus tachycardia or stress?

Query: Hello doctor, I have consulted two different cardiologists now and they both have gave me a different opinion and prescription. I have been told I have an irregular heartbeat and a high heart rate. The 24 hours Holter test concluded that I have ventricluar extrasystoles 1000/24 hour, but the day a...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your worry, but no need for you to worry. What you are having is palpitations. They often are due to benign causes. I advise you to continue with Concor and also make sure to get six to seven hours sleep at night. Stop smoking, alcohol or coffee if you ...  Read Full »

Why is there gushing and thumping feel in the chest even after taking medication?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently my thyroid went up and since then, I have been feeling a gushing and thumping feeling in my chest that only happens at night. The feeling is in my upper chest. It lasts for two hours off and on. The doctor put me on Metoprolol tartrate 25 mg. He told me to cut the pill in h...  Read Full »

Dr. Magesh T

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have some trouble downloading your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I went through your symptoms, that you have been taking Metoprolol for palpitation in your chest. I can just give you some advice in terms of these symptoms. Consume ...  Read Full »

Are chest pain and palpitations side effects of Cyclopam?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel chest pain and palpitations when I take tablet Cyclopam? Is tablet Cyclopam dangerous for me?  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cyclopam (Dicyclomine) is the drug that blocks muscarinic receptors in the intestine thus relieves the abdominal colic pain. At the same time, it also blocks muscarinic receptors that are presented in the heart, brain, salivary gland, etc., that are considered as sid...  Read Full »

Why am I having racing heartbeat and numbness in left hand?

Query: Hi doctor, Three months ago, I started feeling racing heartbeat and numbness in left hand and felt like I am losing control on my body. I contacted a doctor and he gave me some anxiety pills but after five days I got a strong panic attack which lasted for three hours until I take a pill name Placi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Racing heart beat (palpitations) can be due to different causes. Excessive anxiety, panic attacks is a common cause of palpitations. If you had no prior history of anxiety and suddenly developed palpitations, it is advisable to consult a heart specialist (cardiologis...  Read Full »

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