Should I Be Worried About Heart Palpitations?

Heart palpitations are a very common form of cardiac arrhythmia, but they can cause worry and distress if you’re not used to experiencing them. Here are a few facts about heart palpitations so you can save yourself a trip to the doctor.

Common Causes of Heart Palpitations

More often than not, heart palpitations are not caused by an underlying heart condition. The most common causes of heart palpitations include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine, especially if you have a sensitivity to it
  • A change in hormones from menstruation, pregnancy or menopause
  • Certain medications can cause heart palpitations
  • Stress or fear
  • Various medical conditions such as low potassium, low oxygen, dehydration and an overactive thyroid.

woman experiencing heart palpitations

When Should I Worry About Heart Palpitations?

Even though most heart palpitations are nothing to be concerned about, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a physician if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A heartbeat that is more than 100 beats per minute if you’re not exercising
  • Excessive sweating
  • Extreme vertigo
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fainting episodes

Testing Heart Problems

If you schedule an appointment with a physician, they’ll typically ask about your diet, medications and symptoms. Some tests a doctor might run include stress tests, urine tests and blood tests to check for thyroid abnormalities or infections, electrocardiogram (EKG) or heart ultrasounds.

Contact Bethencourt Group if you’re worried about your heart palpitations.

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