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Why does someone have heart palpitations?

Why does someone have heart palpitations?

Irregular heartbeat: The sensation of palpitation, an awareness of the heart beat, is usually related to the heart beating irregularly, rapidly, and/or more forcefully than normal. At times, patients can get similar sensations in the chest when the heart is beating normally. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...Read more


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Why might someone get heart palpitations?

Why might someone get heart palpitations?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will have heart problem later?

Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will have heart problem later?

No: You need to be diagnosed to see what the cause of the palpitations are. Many problems simply reveal the palpitations being a symptom and not the real problem. Like thyroid. ...Read more

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Why do I have heart palpitations sometimes?

Why do I have heart palpitations sometimes?

Breathing: heart palpitations could be due to hyperventilation. be observant of your breathing habits. keep your lips closed during the day at all times unless speaking and eating. try not to sigh, chew gum. cough and sneeze with your lips together. at night use paper medical tape to keep the lips together. restoring the carbon dioxide reserve levels will calm smooth muscle and can regulate the heart rate. ...Read more

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Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will get arryhtymia ?

Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will get arryhtymia ?

Let me clarify for U: When the heart "skips", it's called arrhythmia. When a person feels their heart "skip", it's called palpitations. Sometimes there is arrhythmia with no palpitation (ie, it's not felt). Sometimes there is palpitation with no arrhythmia (ie, a false alarm). Both situations are very common. ...Read more

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Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will die from a heart attack ?

Because I have heart palpitations does it mean I will die from a heart attack ?

Not necessarily...: ...But you should have your palpitations evaluated by a cardiologist, as it may be some form of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) which can cause other problems, such as intracardiac blood clots embolizing to other parts of your body or else lower your blood pressure, both of which can cause life-threatening or debilitating problems to other parts of your body ... ...Read more

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Why do some people have heart palpitations?

Why do some people have heart palpitations?

Awareness: the specific definition of palpitations is feeling your heart beat - which in general is good :-) it can range from feeling the pulse when in a quiet room - to actual abnormal beats - extra beats from a sensitive spot - to extra circuits conducting beats, or the top part of the heart going out of rhythm and beating chaotically - depends on what is going on as to the cause ...Read more

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Why do I have heart palpitations?

Why do I have heart palpitations?

Heart flutters: Heart palpitations could be caused by a physical or mental condition. You should get checked out by your local physician. If there is nothing wrong with your heart, you may be having panic attacks, for which there is effective treatment available. But first, don't take any chances with your heart. See a dr. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have both fast heart rate and anaemia?

What does it mean if you have both fast heart rate and anaemia?

Possibly nothing: There are many causes of anemia, and if the anemia is severe enough, it may be associated with a fast heart rate as a normal compensatory mechanism to maintain adequate cardiac output and provide sufficient oxygen delivery to tissues. Once the anemia is treated or resolves, the fast heart rate usually normalizes as well. A doctor's visit may be necessary to determine the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

Lights out: When BP drops below 60mm/hg, loss of consciousness usually occurs, therefore you may still remain conscious for a few seconds after the heart stops. ...Read more

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Does angina mean you have heart disease?

In most cases: Angina generally refers to pain resulting from insufficient blood or oxygen supply to the heart muscle. This can result from an obstruction to blood flow, increased demand for oxygen because of a overworking heart or insufficient blood (anemia). In most cases angina in the true sense, does indicate underlying heart disease. ...Read more

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If seeing someone I love make my heart skip a beat, does that mean I have an arrhythmia?

If seeing someone I love make my heart skip a beat, does that mean I have an arrhythmia?

Yes: Technically it may be called arrhythmia but it is very common. It is normal to have at least five extra beats per minute. Just to make sure you don't have anything else i would get an EKG and consider a holter monitor but sometimes simply by listening your heart a physician may diagnose extra beats ( PVC or apc) or atrial or other arrhythmias that may require treatment. ...Read more

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Why does too much salt cause me to have skipped beats / heart palpitations?

Why does too much salt cause me to have skipped beats / heart palpitations?

Palpitations: Salt per se shouldn't precipitate palpitations although it can raise the blood pressure. To affect heart action it would have to cause fluid retention which could put strain on a weak heart but not one with healthy heart and kidneys. Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can induce palpitations, however. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

Yes. : All heart disease is not created equal, however. Generally, when we talk about heart disease we are speaking if coronary artery disease, which at your tender years, you don't have. You could have a congenital cardiomyopathy or a viral cardiomyopathy of myopathy based on essential hypertension. An enlarged heart and high blood pressure is "heart disease". Talk with your cardiologist for clarifying. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when someone is experiencing irregular heart palpitations?

Missig or early beat: Usually regular heart beat is 1 to 1.5 seconds apart. If any beat come earlier or later than regular time, it is called irregular heart beat. Mose common cause in healthy individual is low potassium. Take k-dur 20 meq, one tablet daily for 3 weeks and you will feel better. If this does not help, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Please explain why does tachycardia not always have an effect on cardiac output?

Homeostasis: Cardiac output is regulated to meet the needs of the body. Heart rate is only one determinant of cardiac output. If heart rate goes up, cardiac output can be maintained by decreasing the amount of blood pumped by each beat by increasing the resistance against which the heart pumps, decreasing the filling of the heart, or decreasing the the contractility of the heart muscle. ...Read more

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What to do if heart palpitations my heart skipped a beat?

What to do if heart palpitations my heart skipped a beat?

Extra beats: You need a monitor to determine of you are having extra beats. They can feel like skipped beats. Many times, this is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more