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    Heart Palpitations Treatment

    Call 911 if palpitations occur with:

    • Dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Light-headedness
    • Passing out
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest, neck, jaw, arms, or upper back

    • Dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Light-headedness
    • Passing out
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest, neck, jaw, arms, or upper back

    1. Take Steps to Reduce Heart Palpitations

    • Leave a stressful situation and try to be calm. Anxiety, stress, fear, or panic can cause palpitations.
    • Cut back on coffee, tea, chocolate, and colas if caffeine seems to cause palpitations.
    • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. Nicotine can cause palpitations.
    • Don’t drink alcohol.
    • Avoid illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines.
    • Avoid medications that act like stimulants, such as cough and cold medicines or decongestants.

    2. Follow Up

    • Call your doctor for an appointment. Often, palpitations aren’t serious, but they can be related to abnormal heart valves, heart rhythm problems, or panic attacks.
    • Always call a doctor if palpitations change in nature or increase suddenly.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on April 11, 2015

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