In this video, targeted at the lay person, I talk about heart palpitations: what are they? are they dangerous? why they happen? how to diagnose and treat them?
Heart palpitations are feelings that your heart races, jumps, throbs, or flutters. You may feel extra beats, no beats for a short time, or skipped beats. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat, or neck. They may happen when you are sitting, standing, or lying. Heart palpitations may be frightening, but are usually not caused by a serious problem.
DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:Call 911 or have someone else call for any of the following:
Keep a record:Write down when your palpitations start and stop, what you were doing when they started, and your symptoms. Keep track of what you ate or drank within a few hours of your palpitations. Include anything that seemed to help your symptoms, such as lying down or holding your breath. This record will help you and your healthcare provider learn what triggers your palpitations. Bring this record with you to your follow up visits.
Help prevent heart palpitations: