Most of the time we are unaware of our own heartbeats, so an intensified or irregular heartbeat can be alarming. It is important to know that palpitations are often harmless. Palpitations can occur suddenly, but can be linked to simple physical exertion or emotional stress.
During a palpitation breathing deeply and calmly is one technique that may reduce the time and intensity of the palpitation.
If you are experiencing frequent palpitations, you should come into NYMA to discuss your concerns. In all likelihood, you will not experience a palpitation during your visit so providing us with as much detail about your heart palpitation will help us determine how to treat you. Some things we will want to know:
• Is your pulse racing during your palpitations?
• What kind of rhythm did you notice in your heart?
• What were you doing when the palpitation occurred?
• Do the palpitations end abruptly or do they fade out?
• Do you have any other concerning symptoms during the palpitations?
There are a number of non-invasive tests we can do to address your heart palpitations, if they are causing you concern. In addition to simply listening to your heart, we may suggest different diagnostic tools such as electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), Holter monitoring, event recording or an echocardiogram. Each of these tests allow us to better determine the cause of your heart palpitations and suggest an appropriate course of treatment.