Having palpitations means that you are unusually aware of your
heartbeat. The experience of palpitations is often described differently by
different people. Some people report a vague "fluttering" in their chest or the
feeling of a "skipped beat," while others note a "pounding sensation" or feel
that their hearts are "jumping out of their chest." Palpitations are rarely
What are the different types of palpitations?
The pattern of the palpitations can be very helpful in determining
the type of arrhythmia that caused them. If you see a doctor about your
palpitations, it is very helpful if you can demonstrate the rhythm and speed of
the palpitations by tapping your fingers on a desk or table. This can help your
doctor determine whether the palpitations were the result of an arrhythmia and
in some cases may allow a relatively accurate diagnosis as to the specific
arrhythmia that caused the palpitations.
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While your doctor will likely not diagnose an arrhythmia based on
your demonstration, it can be a very helpful start if you are not experiencing
arrhythmia while you are in your doctor's office (which means your doctor will
be unable to record the arrhythmia on an EKG during the visit).
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John M. Miller, MD - Electrophysiology
August 9, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 09, 2010
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