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Palpitations are very rapid or irregular heartbeats. Most often they are felt in the chest although palpitations are also sometimes felt in the neck. They cause a fluttering sensation in the chest. Sometimes, palpitations feel like the heart is skipping beats. While occasional palpitations are not serious, frequent or regular palpitations are signs of a serious underlying health condition that may require prompt medical attention.
In addition to heart or cardiovascular conditions, palpitations can occur for many different reasons. While occasional palpitations generally do not indicate a serious medical issue, chronic or persistent palpitations can be a sign of a heart problem or other serious medical issue. Because so many factors are associated with palpitations, it is important to schedule an evaluation to determine the underlying cause. Some of the other conditions that can cause palpitations include:
Dr. Tiffany uses a variety of evaluations and tests to determine the cause of palpitations. Most often, diagnosis begins with an in-office evaluation and a medical history to help. The doctor may also order medical tests like EKGs, blood tests, or cardiac stress tests and diagnostic imaging to gather additional information about the heart.
Treatment for palpitation depends on the root cause of the irregular heartbeat. Sometimes, palpitations can be treated with lifestyle changes like losing excess weight, changing medications, or restricting caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine. Palpitations related to a heart problem may be treated with medication or, sometimes, a minimally invasive procedure to help stabilize the heart's electrical activity. When palpitations are related to another medical issue like thyroid disease, treatment will be focused on managing that condition first.
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