Who is at Risk from Heart Palpitations?

Updated at: Feb 20, 2018
Who is at Risk from Heart Palpitations?

Women who are pregnant, menstruating, or perimenopausal may be at higher risk as hormonal changes can lead to palpitations.

Himanshu Sharma
Heart HealthWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Feb 20, 2018

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:

  • Have anxiety, panic attacks, or are highly stressed
  • Take certain medicines or stimulants
  • Have certain medical conditions that aren't related to heart problems, such as an overactive thyroid
  • Have certain heart problems, such as arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), a previous heart attack, heart failure, heart valve problems, or heart muscle problems
  • Women who are pregnant, menstruating, or perimenopausal also may be at higher risk because hormonal changes can cause palpitations. Also, some palpitations that occur during pregnancy may be due to anaemia.

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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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