Friday, October 30, 2009

Its not only love that can make your heart skip a beat. Heart palpitations are irregular, hard or rapid heartbeats. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

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.