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What is the difference between a palpate and a palpitation?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Totally different: To palpate means to touch and feel. In examining your abdomen the doctor palpates. A palpitation is a feeling you have in your chest that the heart is skipping or beating hard and fast.
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Specializes in Cardiology
Any dictionary: Can answer this: palpate = feel with your hands, palpitate = sensed skipped or extra beats in the heart. See my book "maximum healing" & my www.Thepmc.Org website.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Palpate means to : Feel whereas palpitations is a perceived change in heart rhythm.
Last updated Apr 12, 2017

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