Do you ever feel that your heart is racing, throbbing in your chest, or maybe even missing a beat? If so, you likely experience palpitations. While this can be a little scary, most palpitations last a short time and are not serious. But there are circumstances in which palpitations might be a symptom of a more serious heart condition. If you are concerned about heart palpitations, Nay Htyte, MD, DSVM, FACC, FSCAI, of Brooklyn Heart can help. Call the Brooklyn Heights office in New York City today or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Heart palpitations elicit that uncomfortable feeling your heart is skipping beats, beating unusually rapidly, pounding in your chest, or fluttering.
You can feel palpitations in your throat or neck as well. Palpitations can occur when you are active, sitting down, or even when you are resting.
Palpitations are very common, are usually harmless, and typically go away without any specific treatment. However, because they can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, you should not ignore them.
The cause of palpitations is not always clear. Risk factors and triggers for palpitations include:
Palpitations may also be associated with underlying heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmia, heart attacks, abnormalities in heart valves, cardiomyopathy, and heart failure.
At Brooklyn Heart, Dr. Htyte reviews your medical history to determine if you have any risk factors for palpitations and does physical and cardiovascular exams.
He might recommend other tests or procedures, including an electrocardiogram, and blood tests for cholesterol, blood sugar, and thyroid function.
If there is evidence of an underlying heart problem or heart arrhythmia, he might recommend the use of a heart monitor to check heart rhythms and tests to evaluate heart function and blood flow. These tests include echocardiograms, intracardiac electrophysiology studies, and coronary angiography.
How are palpitations treated?
If an underlying condition is not the cause of your heart palpitations, you may not require treatment. Dr. Htyte may recommend that you try to avoid triggers that cause your palpitations, like reducing stress and anxiety and avoiding the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
If an underlying condition is causing palpitations, such as heart disease, or overactive thyroid, treatment focuses on correcting the condition.
Palpitations could be reflective of arrhythmia, in which the heart beats too fast or too slow. Atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of the arrhythmia.
If an arrhythmia underlies your palpitations, Dr. Htyte could recommend medications, a pacemaker, or surgery to restore normal heart rhythms.
If you are worried about palpitations, or you experience them with dizziness, confusion, or trouble breathing, call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Brooklyn Heart.