By Michael MacDonald
Symptomatic heart palpitations are incredibly common. While they are usually nothing to worry about, pounding and irregular heartbeats can indicate a serious heart condition in some cases. If you experience heart palpitations, you should get yourself checked by a cardiologist.
The earlier you see a heart specialist, the better. Studies show that early detection and management of palpitations result in better patient outcomes. At Harley Street we have 3 convenient locations where your palpitations can be investigated: Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena and Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Orchard.
The symptom of palpitations varies between individuals. For some, people describe palpitations as having fluttering, skipped beats, other times it can be a strong or a fast heart rhythm. The symptom is often caused by some form of heart rhythm problem.
There are many different causes of palpitations. Usually they are not life threatening. It is important to perform a series of tests to work out the underlying cause. The table below lists some different causes of palpitations.
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In one study, researchers found that more than 80% of patients with palpitations have heart arrhythmias as the cause. Seeing a heart specialist will allows accurate diagnosis and treatment of the arrhythmia.
In most cases of palpitations your cardiologist will perform a series of tests:
Other tests can also be done:
Management and treatment for palpitations varies depending on the cause. If the symptoms are caused by an arrhythmia, management may include medications, and catheter ablation.
General lifestyle tips to reduce palpitations include:
We can often see patients within 1 or 2 days of referral, and we aim to see emergency cases the same day. All the necessary tests can usually be performed in our clinics in just 1-2 days to allow prompt diagnosis and treatment.
At Harley Street, we arrange necessary investigations and create a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your needs.
At Harley Street, we can arrange comfortable, unobtrusive ECG monitoring at home for several days to months.
At Harley Street, we deliver the state-of-the-art management of cardiovascular disease.
Palpitations are very common. However, they can be unpleasant. If you have been experiencing palpitations for a long time, not to mention, when not improved with simple conservative measures, see your doctor. The Harley Street Medical Group is a group of medical specialists that will help you find out the root cause of the abnormal beats so that you live the best life with your families and friends.