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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the causes of heart palpitations and can they lead to a heart attack?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Many: Heart palpitations can be caused by structural heart disease, ischemia (occluded coronary vessels), electrolyte imbalances, drugs - pharmacologic and recreational, and many other things. Depending on what exactly the palpitations are and how severe, some can definitely lead to a heart attack.

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A 21-year-old male asked:

Why are heart palpitations so annoying and scary ? Can it itself lead to heart attack ever?

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Dr. Greg Sorkin
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Irregular heart: Palpitations are a symptom. It is a feeling of an irregular heart beat. This can be due to a fast heart rate or an irregular heart rhythmn such as with atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. Palpitations can be benign or very serious.

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