What Are Palpitations?

Palpitations are the awareness that your heart is beating forcefully, rapidly, or irregularly. There often is a feeling of “skipping beats” or “fluttering in the chest.” They can occur in normal healthy people, as well as in people with heart problems. Palpitations can be very frightening. But most palpitations do not indicate underlying heart disease. If you

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Understanding How The Heart Works

The heart is a muscle. It has four chambers: two upper ones, called the atria, and two lower ones, called the ventricles. Blood flows in and out of the heart through these chambers. The Heart As A Pump The heart pumps blood to the lungs to absorb the oxygen we inhale. It then pumps this oxygen-rich blood

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What Causes Palpitations?

Palpitations usually occur when something disrupts the normal electrical activity or function of the heart. They may be felt when the heart is beating quickly, slowly, or irregularly (an arrhythmia) or when the heart is contracting more forcefully than usual. Sometimes, palpitations occur for unknown reasons in people with no evidence of heart disease or arrhythmias.

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