Monitoring Palpitations is the Key to Finding Answers
Heart palpitations are relatively common and usually a harmless condition in which the heart feels as if it is pounding, racing or fluttering.
Heart palpitations account for 16% of symptoms that cause patients to go to their primary care doctor, second only to chest pain as the reason patients seek a cardiology evaluation.
While concerning, palpitations usually are harmless. However, in some cases they may indicate a more serious heart condition, like a heart rhythm disorder, that requires treatment.
WHAT CAUSES HEART PALPITATIONS?
- Rapid heartbeats
- Fluttering heartbeats
- Skipped heartbeats
- Heartbeats that feel like they are pumping harder than normal
You might feel palpitations in your chest, throat or neck. They can occur while you’re at rest, exercising or going about your normal routine.
- Emotional responses such as anxiety, stress, panic or fear
- Hormone changes associated with pregnancy, menstruation or menopause
- Certain medical conditions
- Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs
- Caffeine and nicotine use
- Diet pills
- Illegal street drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines (speed)
- Stress, anxiety or panic attacks
- Medications that contain stimulants, like some cold or asthma drugs
- Overactive thyroid gland
- Other heart issues
HEART MONITORING CAN UNLOCK THE ANSWER
If your doctor suspects that your heart palpitations are heart related, heart monitoring may be necessary.
Heart monitoring is used to either identify or rule out a heart rhythm disorder and to determine the right course of treatment.
Types of heart monitoring vary in terms of how long they can be used and how information is captured. Common types of heart monitoring systems include:
- Holter Monitors
- Event Recorders
- Mobile Cardiac Telemetry Systems
- Insertable Cardiac Monitoring Systems
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.