When to seek medical advice

See your doctor if you experience heart palpitations. Most often heart palpitations don't present a significant health risk, but they can be caused by a serious illness. It's important to get a prompt, accurate diagnosis and appropriate care.

Get emergency medical care if heart palpitations are accompanied by:

  • Chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations

Find possible causes of heart palpitations based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

Palpitations often occur when
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