Heart palpitations, which is the feeling that the heart has skipped a beat, usually are not dangerous. In fact, everyone has them from time to time. But, a rapid heart rate or persistent palpitations should be discussed with the doctor.
When the heart beats normally, the two smaller chambers contract together and then the two larger chambers contract together. This produces the familiar two-thump heartbeat sound.
Heart palpitations known in medical terms as arrhythmias, occur when the beating heart gets out of step. Arrhythmias vary from the feeling that the heart has skipped a beat to feeling that the heart is racing or fluttering.
These are caused by caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, stress, and worry. Keep in mind that serious heart conditions usually are marked by other symptoms too. If you are worried about irregular heartbeats or are having other symptoms with palpitations, such as pain, dizziness or feeling faint, get proper medical advice.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol,
When you exercise, be sure to warm up gradually, and allow yourself a cr4 down period. This can help your heart to its normal rate gradually,
Practice stress- or anxiety-reducing techniques such as meditation, biofeedback,. or yoga.
Signs and Symptoms
Palpitations and shortness of breath.
Palpitations and chest pain; dizziness or feeling faint; or sweating.
Persistent heart palpitations or a rapid heart rate.