Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Causes Heart Palpitations?

Thursday, 17 November 2011 08:32 AM

Question: What exactly are heart palpitations? Are they a sign that worse problems are to come, and sooner than later?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Palpitations are a medical term for an awareness of your heartbeat. You may feel your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too fast. Their significance to you can only be explained in the context of what is causing them, which can include many things such as medicines, caffeine, and certain medical conditions). This means you MUST see your doctor to see if these are going to be dangerous to you or not, or whether they are simply a sign of an underlying disorder that needs correction.

Palpitations are never normal. So, see your doctor and ask for an EKG and some screening lab work if you are bothered by palpitations.

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