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