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The True Meaning of Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations – those rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats – can be triggered by stress, exercise, medication and, in rare instances, an underlying medical condition. They are usually harmless. Heart palpitation symptoms can feel like:

  • Skipped heartbeats
  • Fluttering heartbeats
  • Fast heartbeats
  • Heartbeats that feel harder than usual

You may feel them in your throat, neck or chest. They can occur whether you’re active or resting, and whether you’re standing, sitting or reclining.

When to Seek Treatment

Palpitations may indicate a more serious heart condition, such as atrial fibrillation, that requires evaluation and treatment. If you have a history of heart disease or frequent heart palpitations, talk to Dr. Peterson. He may suggest heart monitoring to check for a more serious problem. Seek emergency medical attention for palpitations accompanied by:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fainting
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Severe dizziness
  • Leg swelling

If you need more information about the latest cardiac arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation treatment options, talk to Dr. Peterson at 251.990.1930. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your preferred consultation time. Our heart palpitations patients visit us from Fairhope, Daphne, Foley, Gulf Shores and Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, AL and neighboring communities in Mobile County.