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Heart Palpitations

Information about Heart Palpitations

We Have to Know about the Heart Palpitations

  • Palpitations are heartbeat sensations that feel like the heart is pounding or racing
  • Can be felt in chest, throat or neck

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

Is it associated with

  • Loss of consciousness?
  • Shortness of breath?
  • Chest pain?
  • Unusual sweating?
  • Dizziness?

Causes of Heart Palpitations

  • Exercise
  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Excessive usage of coffee or tobacco
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Anemia

Do’s and Don’ts of Heart Palpitations

  • Do not smoke
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management (yoga, meditation)

Signs & Symptoms of Heart Palpitations

  • Feeling the heartbeat
  • Extra heartbeats
  • Associated symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath

Medical advice for Heart Palpitations

  • If there are frequent extra heartbeats
  • If associated with heart disease, diabetes or hypertension
  • If the pulse is more than 100 per minute (without fever or exercise)

Risk factors of Heart Palpitations

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Tobacco

Treatment for Heart Palpitations

  • May require medicines
  • Some cases may need hospital admission

Self-care for Heart Palpitations

  • Stop coffee and/or tobacco
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress

Investigations for Heart Palpitations

  • May require
  • ECG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrophysiology study
  • Coronary angiography
Heart Palpitations
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