Heart Palpitations - Identification and Effective Management

Heart Palpitations - Identification and Effective Management
Published on, 27 July, 2023. Answered by Dr. Mourad Alsharkawy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
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How to identify and manage heart palpitations or irregular heartbeats effectively?



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Tips for Effective Management of Heart Palpitations:

1.Recognize the sensations: Pay attention to abnormal or concerning feelings like racing, fluttering, or pounding in your chest.

2.Monitor your heart rate: Check your pulse at your wrist or neck when experiencing palpitations to count the beats per minute.

3.Keep a record: Note down the frequency, duration, triggers, and patterns of your palpitations to aid in diagnosis.

4.Consult a healthcare professional: Seek medical evaluation for your symptoms and medical history assessment.

5.Diagnostic tests: Supportive tests can help evaluate rhythm disturbances and enable proper management.

6.Adopt lifestyle changes: Reduce triggers like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and manage stress and weight.

7.Medications: Based on the cause, your doctor may prescribe medications to address palpitations.

8.Treat underlying conditions: Address any related medical issues, such as thyroid problems.

9.Consider invasive procedures: In certain cases, procedures like catheter ablation or pacemaker implantation may be necessary for management.




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