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Palpitations treatment and information
Palpitations is a word used by different people to describe different things. In some it is simply being aware of their heartbeat, others use it to describe a forceful heartbeat – ‘a huge thump’ or the sensation that they feel the heart pounding. Common feelings are: ‘my hearts going to jump out of my chest’. It can also be used to describe an irregular heartbeat – the heart can be felt to skip a beat, missed beats or just feel irregular all the time.
A standard interpretation of palpitations is a fast regular or irregular heartbeat lasting at least 5 to 10 seconds (can go on for hours). These episodes are more worrying if associated with feeling dizzy, light headed, chest pains or even passing out. Most episodes of palpitations are not due to anything worrying or dangerous & will not need treating.