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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How serious is a heart palpitation? Is it worth getting checked?

How serious is a heart palpitation? Is it worth getting checked?

Yes: Heart palpitations can be a reflection of a benign condition such as anxiety or can be symptomatic of a serious condition such as a heart rhythm abnormality. With a history, physical examination, and cardiac monitor, your physician should be able to determine the reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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. Peter Banitt Dr. Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
28 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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A week ago started having heart palpitations 1st time and yesterday again and then twice today should I get it checked???

A week ago started having heart palpitations 1st time and yesterday again and then twice today should I get it checked???

Check if persistent: If heart palpitations are very short-lived and last only a moment or a few seconds, they are probably benign and a nuisance but dangerous or life-threatening. If palpitations last longer i.e. minutes to hours and are associated with fainting, shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, etc. then you should call you doctor to be checked. ...Read more

Dr. Rodney Del Valle Dr. Del Valle
Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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I get heart palpitations a lot especially in the cold..I've had my heart checked a few times and they say its healthy. What causes these!?! help!

I get heart palpitations a lot especially in the cold..I've had my heart checked a few times and they say its healthy. What causes these!?! help!

Many causes: Are you getting heart palpitation and then getting cold? Or are you expose to cold environment and then getting heart palpitation? Do you have cold intolerance? What kind of test was done to r/o a heart condition? Holter monitoring? Ecg can be normal an still have an arrhythmia. Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, thyroid disease, nutritional problems, etc. Consult a physician. ...Read more

Dr. H Robert Silverstein Dr. Silverstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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benign heart palpitation for years.Mostly under control except every night when I lay on right side I get them.They stop when I roll over.serious?

  benign heart palpitation for years.Mostly under control except every night when I lay on right side I get them.They stop when I roll over.serious?

Likely: benign: I get that on my left side. BUT, deserves cardiology evaluation to settle the issue. Event recorder and echo probaly indicated,. Have thyroid checked: TSH, free T3 & T4. ...Read more

Dr. Sameer Azhak Dr. Azhak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
15 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Heart palpitations that go to your head or makes head throb ? I had my heart checked all is pretty much normal but I still get this now and then

Heart palpitations that go to your head or makes head throb ? I had my heart checked all is pretty much normal but I still get this now and then

Seek a cardiologist: You will need to see a cardiologist in person so that your heart rhythm can be assessed. Starting with an ekg and possibly an home monitor such as a holter monitor (24-48hrs) an event monitor (up to 30 days) or in extreme cases a surgically implantable loop recorder (2-3years) as the palpitation may come and go and rarely are "caught" while in the doctors office. ...Read more

Dr. Raghuraman Vidhun Dr. Vidhun
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
10 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Not every time, But sometimes when I start exercising and my heart rate gets faster I get palpitations. Is it from being out of shape?more serious?

Not every time, But sometimes when I start exercising and my heart rate gets faster I get palpitations. Is it from being out of shape?more serious?

Palpitations: Palpitations is a symptom that feels like heart pounding when at rest!!! It is normal to feel pounding sensation in your chest during or immediately after exercise. Try and differentiate what you are experiencing and let your primary doc know. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I been having heart palpitations on & off through out the day, what does this mean I'm 21 years old I don't have insurance to get checked out help plz?

I been having heart palpitations on & off through out the day, what does this mean I'm 21 years old I don't have insurance to get checked out help plz?

Palpitation treat: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol , street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more

Dr. Jeremiah Gelles Dr. Gelles
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
51 years in practice
New York Medical College
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I am having severe heart palpitations mostly when i work a lot or do not get to sleep at night. After any physical activity i get drained ?

I am having severe heart palpitations mostly when i work a lot or do not get to sleep at night. After any physical activity i get drained  ?

NEED MONITORING: Palpitations can be a benign effect of poor conditioning or panic/anxiety, worsened by caffeine and other stimulants. They can also be due to an abnormal heart rhythm which needs to be evaluated with an ekg and monitoring, a holter monitor or longer term telemetry. A stress test is helpful in the evaluation. See a cardiologist. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I've been having heart palpitations for a week out of nowhere. I have propranol for when they get bad. Checked out fine before. Does this warrant ER?

I've been having heart palpitations for a week out of nowhere. I have propranol for when they get bad. Checked out fine before. Does this warrant ER?

Palpitations. : My concern, as it is yours, is that they haven't stopped for one week. People can have history of an issue which causes palpitations, but when they last this long they deserve another evaluation. I believe an emergency department visit is in order. ...Read more

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Dr. Akua Agyeman Dr. Agyeman
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Normally don't drink coffee, jittery/gives palpitations (heart was checked, i just get them) but can alot of caffeine leave u jittery for while after?

Normally don't drink coffee, jittery/gives palpitations (heart was checked, i just get them) but can alot of caffeine leave u jittery for while after?

Yes: Caffeine is a stimulant which can cause the symptoms you are describing. This doesnt mean you have a heart problem, it just means you are quite sensitive to caffeine. It may make sense to switch to decaf or less caffeinated drinks. Be aware that tea is also heavily caffeinated. ...Read more

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Dr. Rodney Del Valle Dr. Del Valle
Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Everytime I have a heart palpitation i cry, get extremely scared, &sometimes trembly. Somedays fear lasts hours after. Had heart checked.What can I do?

Everytime I have a heart palpitation i cry, get extremely scared, &sometimes trembly. Somedays fear lasts hours after. Had heart checked.What can I do?

Your heart is : Most probably ok. Your heart palpitation can be due to your anxiety attacks. Just, think about it, if your heart was check with ekg your are ok. Don't worry about your heart. Enjoy life, exercise, eat healthy, enjoy friends and family, seek a spiritual path, communicate/talk to people, trust your doctor, go out to a park, to a movie, do relaxation exercise like yoga. I like to pray to meditate. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Had severe anemia, Hgb 7.5, 8 months later at 12.3. Still get heart palpitations. Is this something that can continue even after Hgb normal?

Had severe anemia, Hgb 7.5, 8 months later at 12.3. Still get heart palpitations. Is this something that can continue even after Hgb normal?

Depends: If there is another cause for palpitations, then correcting anemia may not relieve you of this. Try getting of the various medications you may be on, other than iron pills, especially benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

Dr. David Lipkin Dr. Lipkin
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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Recent CT scan indicated mild thickening of left adrenal gland unchanged. I get heart palpitations when I lie on my left side. Is this serious?

Recent CT scan indicated mild thickening of left adrenal gland unchanged. I get heart palpitations when I lie on my left side. Is this serious?

Nothing serious: CT findings and palpitations are unrelated. If you are otherwise well, with no history of cancer, the mild thickening is most often unimportant. Palpitations are do to a sudden racing of the heart, or to premature heartbeats that feel like a skipped beat or a quick flutter. These palpitations are usually not an indication of heart disease. SEE http://bit.ly/1vlj5cr but if they persist see your DR ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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I get LOW blood pressure, orthostatic intolerance,dizzy spells,&severe fatigue. NEVER heart palpitations .Why would my MD order catecholamine testing?

I get LOW blood pressure, orthostatic intolerance,dizzy spells,&severe fatigue. NEVER heart palpitations .Why would my MD order catecholamine testing?

Blood test: You asked the wrong question. Why didn't the doctor explain to you why this (and other) labs were ordered by him/her? There is no excuse and don't be shy or scared. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How to stop my serious heart palpitation?

How to stop my serious heart palpitation?

Palpitation treat: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol , street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati Dr. Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College
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What can I do about severe heart palpitation?

Palpitations: Need to diffrentiate underlying etiology. Need to diagnose whether it is from anxiety disorder or cardiac arrythmias. You will get benefit from ekg, holter monitor and/or event monitor. You should see a pcp and eventually a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I am 22 years old and some times i get palpitations and other times it hearts a liitle when i breath even with out excercising is just gets uncomforti?

I am 22 years old and some times i get palpitations and other times it hearts a liitle when i breath even with out excercising is just gets uncomforti?

Chest pain: All kinds of things can cause palpitations and another bunch chest discomfort. For most people its no big deal, especially in a 22year old. If you are concerned, you should consult your doctor who can do a history and physical and advise from more information. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ajluni Dr. Ajluni
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
31 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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It seems that for the past year i haven't benn able to lay down on my right side because i get a lot of heart thumps and palpitations. What could it b?

It seems that for the past year i haven't benn able to lay down on my right side because i get a lot of heart thumps and palpitations. What could it b?

Venous return/respir: Lying on one side or another impacts on both lung mechanics (influences ventilatiry capacity deepening on function of each lung in the chest cavity), and venous return to te heart. Either of these factors can influence cardiopulmonary status and under the right conditions can produce a stress on the heart that results in sympathetic nervous stimulation. This can cause skipped beats/palpitations. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Cusnir Dr. Cusnir
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
24 years in practice
Pontifical Javerian University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Lars Erickson Dr. Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
33 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Is it serious to have a heart palpitation and a murmur?

Is it serious to have a heart palpitation and a murmur?

Usually not: Generally the two are not related to each other. A murmur is a sound caused by the flow of blood in the heart. In children and young adults, most murmurs are normal sounds ("innocent" murmurs), but some may be caused by problems with the heart. Similarly, most palpitations (feeling the heart beating) are also normal, but they can also be caused by abnormal heart rhythms. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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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