Who is at risk from Heart Palpitations?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 26, 2011

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  • Hormonal changes can cause palpitations.
  • Pregnant, menstruating, or perimenopausal women are at higher risk.
  • Have certain medical conditions that aren't related to heart problems.
  • Treatment for heart depends on the cause of the palpitations.

Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat, or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down. Many things can trigger palpitations such as strong emotions, vigorous physical activity, diet pills, decongestants caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and illegal drugs

heart palpitations risks

Some people may be more likely to have palpitations, including people who:

  • Have anxiety, panic attacks, or are highly stressed
  • Take certain medicines or stimulants
  • Have certain medical conditions that aren't related to heart problems, such as an overactive thyroid
  • Have certain heart problems, such as arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), a previous heart attack, heart failure, heart valve problems, or heart muscle problems
  • Women who are pregnant, menstruating, or perimenopausal also may be at higher risk because hormonal changes can cause palpitations. Also, some palpitations that occur during pregnancy may be due to anemia.


Treatment for heart depends on the cause of the palpitations. Most palpitations are harmless and often go away on their own. Your palpitations may be harmless but bothersome. If so, your doctor may suggest avoiding things that trigger them.

Your doctor may also try to help you control medical conditions (such as an overactive thyroid) that can cause palpitations. If you're taking medicine that's causing the palpitations, your doctor will try to find a different medicine for you.

If your palpitations are the result of an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your doctor may choose to treat them with medicines or procedures.



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