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Palpitations – might be a sign of much more than just a romantic reaction!

08 February 2017

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air - but a heart beating faster than usual might be a sign of much more than just a romantic reaction!

Palpitations – the speeding up or changing of your heart beat – can be caused by a variety of things and the excitement of seeing a loved one can be one of them. But in some cases they can be associated with much more serious conditions.

Dr Ali Hamaad, a consultant cardiologist at Spire Little Aston, explained: “You may feel your heart pounding or beating irregularly – often for just a few seconds or maybe minutes – or sometimes it seems like your heart missed a beat.

“These symptoms may seem alarming but, the truth is, in most cases they are quite harmless. However, they can also be a sign of more serious problems involving heart valves or a thickening of the muscles and walls surrounding the heart.

“It could even indicate heart failure where the blood is unable to properly pump blood around the body.”

Dr Ali Hamaad has extensive experience in the assessment of possible coronary artery disease and heart failure as well as in general cardiology including the management of palpitations and heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).

“I don’t want people to start panicking but it is wise to be aware of palpitations and how long they last and how often they occur.

“If they last a long time or occur quite often it is best to get yourself checked out by your GP. If they think there is something amiss then I can carry out ECG (electrocardiogram) or cardiac ultrasound  tests that enable me to make a rapid  assessment and diagnosis of the patient,” he said.

 “If you are worried about palpitations then the worst thing you can do is to keep it to yourself. As with so many health problems the quicker you get medical advice the better your treatment outcomes will be,” he added.

If you would like an appointment with Dr Ali Hamaad, then please call 0121 580 7119.

You can find us just to the north of Sutton Coldfield, in the rural area between the villages of Mere Green and Aldridge. We're a short 25 minute drive from Birmingham city centre and our main motorway links are the M6, M5 and M42.

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