Pounding, fluttering and/or irregular beating of the heart is known as palpitations. Some of the reasons why this might occur include stress, anxiety, and nervousness, intake of recreational drugs, medication, alcohol, caffeinated drinks or foods. Fevers may also be another cause of palpitations. At times, palpitations may indicate the presence of a more severe medical condition, such as arrhythmia, that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Heart contractions are also considered to be palpitations. Patients of heart disease or those whose heart valves are abnormal are vulnerable to palpitations. Electrolyte abnormality in the bloodstream, such as low potassium level, may also lead to palpitations.
HOW IS PALPITATIONS DIAGNOSED?
Palpitations lead to heightened awareness of one’s own heartbeat.