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Palpitations: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Heart palpitations can make your feel that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or beating too fast or too slow. It can happen due to stress, exercise or medication. It is generally not a serious or harmful condition and does not require treatment. If you seldom experience heart palpitations that last for a few seconds, there is nothing to be worried about. However, if you have a history of heart disease and are experiencing frequent palpitations, you should consult your doctor. Also, you must see your doctor if your palpitations are becoming more frequent with time and are worsening. Chest discomfort or pain, fainting, severe shortness of breath and severe dizziness are some signs that should never be ignored. Seek immediate medical help.

How is the treatment done?

Your doctor will ask you to go through several tests like ECG, holter monitoring, event recording and echocardiogram. An ECG (electrocardiogram) will record the electrical impulses that make your heart beat. It will help your doctor in detecting the irregularities in your heart beat. Holter monitoring is done by wearing a portable device for 24 to 72 hours. It can detect palpitations that are not detected during ECG. Event recorder is another that needs to be worn for a few weeks to record your heartbeats. Echocardiogram is done to see the detailed images of your heart’s structure and function by doing an ultrasound of your chest. Treatment will be provided only if, after going through the test results, your doctor believes that you have a serious heart condition. In other mild cases, there is no need for treatment.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are experiencing frequent palpitations and they are worsening with time, you must consult a doctor.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Infrequent palpitations may be felt after exercising, exhaustion or stress. There is nothing to worry about.

Are there any side effects?

Diagnostic tests may cause temporary redness or itching in your skin due to the instruments that are attached. Do not worry; the effects wear off soon.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You should avoid consuming illegal drugs. Limit the amount of tobacco and alcohol intake. Make sure that your meals are filled with healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, pulses, meat, fish etc. Avoid heavy work out sessions. Exercise according to your age and as per the instructions of your doctor.

How long does it take to recover?

The time period of recovery depends on the kind and severity of the condition you are diagnosed with. Normal palpitations go away with time.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with your doctor may cost around ₹400 - ₹800. The cost of ECG is between ₹300 and₹1100. Echocardiogram may cost ₹1200 - ₹1900. Holter testing costs ₹3500 - ₹6000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The validity of results depend on the kind and severity of condition you are diagnosed with.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

You can try to control the palpitations by reducing stress or anxiety. Meditation, yoga and deep breathing help in doing so. Illegal drugs like cocaine and amphetamines are known to bring on heart palpitations. Stay away from them. Excess caffeine, nicotine and energy drinks also contribute in bring on palpitations. Limit your consumption.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have been prescribed metoprolol succinate xr25 mg in the morning and eslo 2.5 at night for 160/100bp and fast heartbeat. Why 2 bp medicines are prescribed. Is fast heartbeat related with high bp. Is it safe to take. How long will it take to reduce to normal.

MBBS, MRCP (UK), PG Diploma In Lipid Management, MBA (Healthcare)
Cardiologist, Bangalore
Hello. In India, most people will require 2 medicines for a blood pressure this high. Metoprolol will slow down the heart rate as well. The fast heart rate may be related to the high blood pressure.

Hello, I am taking beta blocker (metolar xr. 25)from 1 month and my triglyceride level is 205 mg ang hdl is 40. Is beta blocker harmful for me? I am suffering from palpitations and high bp.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in EP
Cardiologist, Delhi
lipid changes are common with beta blockers, but not of much concern. Beta¹ Selective on lipid medicines will have less effect
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