Women who are pregnant, menstruating, or perimenopausal may be at higher risk as hormonal changes can lead to palpitations.
Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat, or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down. Many things can trigger palpitations such as strong emotions, vigorous physical activity, diet pills, decongestants caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and illegal drugs
Some people may be more likely to have palpitations, including people who:
Treatment for heart depends on the cause of the palpitations. Most palpitations are harmless and often go away on their own. Your palpitations may be harmless but bothersome. If so, your doctor may suggest avoiding things that trigger them.
Your doctor may also try to help you control medical conditions (such as an overactive thyroid) that can cause palpitations. If you're taking medicine that's causing the palpitations, your doctor will try to find a different medicine for you.
If your palpitations are the result of an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your doctor may choose to treat them with medicines or procedures.
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