Heart Palpitations

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A heart palpitation is the sensation that your heart has skipped a beat or added an extra beat. It may feel like your heart is racing, pounding or fluttering. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about heart palpitations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Palpitations are the sensation that your heart is not beating regularly. You may sense your heart skipping beats, beating rapidly, beating irregularly or thumping in your chest.

Palpitations are common and often harmless, yet they can be frightening. Palpitations can also be a sign of serious heart trouble. Palpitations that are caused by certain types of abnormal heart rhythms can be serious, and even fatal, if left untreated.

After chest pain, palpitations are the most common reason that people are referred for a cardiology evaluation.

Persistent benign palpitations may be treated with small doses of medications such as a beta-blocker. More serious causes of palpitations may require further evaluation. Diagnostic tests may include an EKG, a 24 hour ambulatory heart monitor, a more long-term heart monitor implanted under the skin, or a full diagnostic heart catheterization and electro-physiologic study.

Dont ignore heart palpitations, especially when they are associated with chest pain, dizziness or black out spells.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.