1. What are palpitations?
Palpitations are sensations felt by an individual when a person feels that the heart is beating faster than usual or like it is racing, fluttering or pounding. These sensations are felt in chest, throat or neck.
2. Are palpitation a problem to worry about?
Most of the times, palpitations are not serious or harmful and they usually go away on their own with time. However, in some rare cases, they can be bothersome and serious, especially if the palpitations are associated with symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, breathlessness and fainting. In that condition, it needs to be checked out by a doctor for further treatment.
3. What are the symptoms seen with palpitations?
Symptoms of palpitations are sensations as if there is a rapid beating of heart, fluttering sensation, pounding, skipping of heartbeats felt in chest, throat or neck. Other symptoms include chest pain, fainting, shortness of breath or dizziness.
4. What are the different causes of palpitation?
Heart-related conditions such as heart attack, coronary artery disease and valvular problems can contribute to palpitations. Other causes can be stress, anxiety, panic attacks, increased physical exertion, increased intake of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, etc. Palpitations can also occur during thyroid disorders, fever, anaemia, low blood sugar levels and, also, during menstruation and pregnancy.
5. Are elderly people more prone to palpitation?
Yes, elderly people are more prone to palpitations. They are harmless in most cases; however, they can be an indication of an underlying cardiac condition too. Therefore, palpitations occurring in elderly people needs to be checked out by a neurologist