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Palpitations are a common problem and consist of an awareness of an irregular and/or rapid and/or forceful heart beat. Some individuals with frequent palpitations have no underlying heart disease and the cause of their symptoms in unclear. In the many cases however the palpitation is due to an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia – an electrical disturbance to the normal rhythm of the heart).
Arrhythmias can cause the heart to beats too fast (tachycardia), too slowly (bradycardia), irregularly (fibrillation) or too early and prematurely (ectopic beats). Arrhythmias can occur due to some form of cardiovascular disease although in some cases there is no known cause. It is therefore important to not only diagnose the nature of the arrhythmia, but to look for any underlying heart or circulatory condition.
Methods of investigation
Treatment options for palpitations and arrhythmias may include:
If you are diagnosed with arrhythmias or palpitations, your consultant will discuss these options in detail to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
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To arrange an appointment, please call 01252 895490 or email email@example.com. A GP referral is usually required.
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