Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of a fluttering heart from time to time. In some cases, it’s a response to an outside stimulus and not indicative of any medical problem. In other instances, it could be a clue you have a condition that needs to be evaluated by your physician. How can you tell the difference? Here’s what you need to know.
What are heart flutters?
As stated in the video, heart flutters – or heart palpitations – when your heart is not beating in its normal rhythm. You may feel as though your heart is beating much faster than normal or that it is beating erratically.
In some cases, heart palpitations come and go on their own. In other instances, they may linger for a longer period. You may also notice that your heart palpitations tend to happen at the same time or in the same circumstances, such as when you wake up in the morning or when you lie down.
What causes palpitations?
There is a long list of things that can cause heart palpitations. Some possible triggers include:
- Low blood sugar
- Heart disease
You may be able to notice clues about what is causing your heart palpitations by paying attention to when they occur. For instance, if your heart flutters after you have coffee, caffeine may be to blame. Keeping a journal of your symptoms and when they happen can be helpful to you and your doctor.
When should I call my physician?
If you experience heart palpitations and don’t know why, then call your physician so that he or she can make a diagnosis. Your physician may perform an EKG or may ask you to wear a monitor to see what your heart is doing over an extended period of time.
If you have heart palpitations and feel dizzy, overheated, or confused, or if you are experiencing chest tightness or pain, go to the emergency room for care.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides extensive heart care services, including specialized care for heart rhythm issues in our electrophysiology lab . For help with your heart health in San Jose, contact us at (888) 762-8881 to get a referral to a physician.