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.
Heart palpitations are triggered are by strong emotions, vigorous physical activity, medicines such as diet pills and decongestants, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs, and certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disease or anemia. These factors make the heart beat faster or stronger than usual, or they cause occasional premature (extra) heartbeats. Sometimes palpitations are symptoms of an arrhythmia (ah-RITH-me-ah). An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.
There are several things that you can do to prevent heart palpitations. Try to reduce anxiety, and stress in your life. Avoid or limit stimulants, such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Treat medical conditions that may lead to palpitations or arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).
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