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Are heart palpitations a serious condition?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: May or may not be

Heart palpitations can be a sign of cardiac arrhythmias and dependent on the type of arrhythmia, the palpitations may be benign or malignant.
However, there are numerous cases when a person has palpitations, but they are not having an arrhythmia. Anything from anxiety to premature beats of the heart (almost always benign) can cause the sensation of palpitations. A 24 hr heart monitor may help.

In brief: May or may not be

Heart palpitations can be a sign of cardiac arrhythmias and dependent on the type of arrhythmia, the palpitations may be benign or malignant.
However, there are numerous cases when a person has palpitations, but they are not having an arrhythmia. Anything from anxiety to premature beats of the heart (almost always benign) can cause the sensation of palpitations. A 24 hr heart monitor may help.
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