Heart palpitations are the sensation that your heart is racing or pounding. They can make you feel like your heart has skipped a beat or is fluttering, and you might feel them in your neck or chest.
Some heart palpitations are temporary, while others are more serious. For all kinds of palpitations, you can count on personalized, compassionate care from our heart health experts at Aurora Health Care.
Our Cardiac Electrophysiology department specializes in diagnosing, managing and treating irregular heartbeats and heart rhythm disorders. We were the first in Wisconsin to introduce a hybrid atrial fibrillation procedure that restores normal heart rhythms. This procedure is quick, minimally invasive and nearly painless. It also has a higher success rate than other AFib ablation procedures.
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Most heart palpitations are harmless, but you should talk to your doctor if you frequently experience palpitations or if you:
Heart palpitations can happen without any noticeable reason, and without causing long-term effects.
Many factors can trigger heart palpitations. These triggers may include:
Sometimes, heart palpitations might be related to a heart condition, such as:
Heart palpitations can come and go. Your doctor can’t always predict them, and they may not happen while you are with your doctor.
To help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis, it’s a good idea to keep a record of your palpitations before your appointment. Take notes about:
Your doctor will perform a physical exam, which may lead to lab or diagnostic tests, such as:
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If your heart palpitations don’t appear to be caused by anything specific, we might suggest lifestyle changes, including:
If a heart condition or another medical issue is triggering your palpitations, we will work with you on a treatment plan for the underlying condition.
Specific treatment will depend on what is causing the heart palpitations. Your care might include:
Learn more about cardiac electrophysiology.