Also known as Heart skipping a beat, Heart fluttering, Heart jumping, Heart skipped a beat, Heart racing, and Heart Throbbing
Palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that ranges from often unnoticed skipped beats or accelerated heartrate to very noticeable changes accompanied by dizziness or difficulty breathing. Palpitations are common and occur in most individuals with healthy hearts. Palpitations without underlying heart disease are generally considered benign. However, heart palpitations can be symptoms of illnesses such as coronary heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.Source: Wikipedia
The most common causes of palpitations are high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, and anxiety. Other possible causes, such as heart failure, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with palpitations, 59% report having sharp chest pain, 56% report having shortness of breath, and 51% report having dizziness.
Patients with palpitations often receive electrocardiogram, hematologic tests, radiographic imaging procedure, complete blood count, plain x-ray, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel and kidney function tests .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with palpitations include diltiazem, adenosine, sotalol, propafenone, flecainide, regadenoson (lexiscan), propylthiouracil, ibutilide, pindolol, rofecoxib (vioxx), trandolapril / verapamil, masoprocol topical and acrivastine / pseudoephedrine .
Groups of people at highest risk for palpitations include age 60-74 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get palpitations.