Heart palpitations are defined as surplus beats and most individuals are not aware of them. If an individual has several extra heart beats, it might be a normal variant and only an occasional issue of concern, but other types can be dangerous.
What are the indications?
Heart palpitations can be linked to an isolated case of “skipped beat”. If lengthy, it can cause a sensation of fullness or fluttering within the chest. Oftentimes, there is pronounced sensation of fullness in the throat linked with shortness of breath.
The prolonged episodes might be associated with the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Management of heart palpitations
Due to the various forms of heart palpitations, the treatment is based on the confirmed diagnosis. If an individual was not yet diagnosed with a specific form of palpitation, minor lifestyle changes can lessen the symptoms which includes limiting or cessation of alcohol, caffeine and even over-the-counter cold medications.
The individual experiencing heart palpitations must learn how to record his/her pulse rate and if they arise alone or in a pattern and if there are other accompanying symptoms. Additionally, the individual should also note down if the heart rate is regular or erratic and if rapid or slow.
In case there are other symptoms present such as shortness of breath, chest pain and or loss of consciousness, it requires prompt medical attention.