1. What are palpitations?
Heart palpitations are fluttering or rapid beating of the heart, which may occur due to stress, exercise, medications and certain disorders. Although palpitations are generally harmless, they can be a symptom of a major underlying, heart condition, which could be fatal.
2. Are palpitation a problem to worry about?
Generally, palpitations are considered harmless. However, palpitations may indicate underlying heart conditions, such as cardiac arrhythmias, which could be fatal if left untreated.
3. What are the symptoms seen with palpitations?
Common symptoms associated with palpitations include skipping beats and rapid fluttering or beating of the heart. You may experience palpitations in the chest or neck while at rest or during any physical activity.
4. What are the different causes of palpitation?
There are various causes of palpitations, such as stress; anxiety; panic attacks; fever; changes in the level of thyroid hormones; stimulants, such as caffeine; and hormonal changes associated with menopause, pregnancy or menstruation. Palpitations may occur due to underlying causes such as cardiac arrhythmias.
5. Are elderly people more prone to palpitation?
Elderly people, especially those with heart-related disorders or thyroid problems, are at a greater risk of developing palpitations. It is important for elderly patients to consult a doctor to ensure that the palpitations are not fatal.