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Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations are a feeling that your heart is beating rapidly, fluttering or pounding in a very fast manner and it is triggered by stress, exercise, medication and very rarely due to an underlying medical condition. Heart palpitations can be a cause for worry but they are usually harmless as the heart is usually still pumping effectively in this condition.

Symptoms for heart palpitation can feel like

  • Skipped heartbeats
  • Fluttering heartbeats
  • Heartbeats that are too fast
  • Heartbeats in which the heart pumps harder than usual

Common causes of heart palpitations

  • Strong emotions such as anxiety, fear and stress.
  • Palpitations happen during panic attacks.
  • Vigorous physical activity.
  • Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol can cause palpitation.
  • Certain medical condition like thyroid disease, a low blood sugar level and anemia.
  • Certain medications.
  • Abnormal electrolyte levels.

Treatment for heart palpitations

Heart palpitations very rarely require medications or surgery as treatment but it is recommend avoiding the triggers that cause palpitations like

  • Reducing anxiety and stress.
  • Avoiding certain kinds of beverages and food.
  • Avoiding medications that are stimulants.